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  • Apple kills long-time event archive on YouTube

    davidw said:
    When I was a member of a health club, well over 30 years ago, the management held "Movie Night" every Wednesday after 6PM. On "Movie Night", the club would show 2 movies they rented from the local BlockBuster on a big screen TV in the lobby. The movies chosen was based on members request. They gave away free popcorn and lost money selling beer for $1 a pitcher. This was just something they did as a perk for members (and any guest visiting the club at the time). This went on for over a year, until one day a lawyer representing the movie industry showed up and told the club owner to stop it or face copyright infringement charges. 

    It seems that even though the club was not directly profiting money wise, from showing rental movies in their club for their members, the club gain the goodwill of their members. Plus any non members that happened to be in the club at that night, might be more tempted to join. And not to mention that anyone staying to watch the movies that didn't drink beer, might buy other beverages that the club do profit from. That counts as "commercial value" and would be copyright infringement if a business were to take advantage of that, without the copyright owners permission. 


    Any DVD you purchase comes with a license for private use exclusively. It explicitly forbids public screening. 

    So if you're a private individual, and you throw a party for fifty of your friends and show the movie while they're there, that's a sort of edge-case, but arguably private. 

    If you're a club, and you throw a party for fifty of your members and show the movie while they're there, you need to license it. 
    watto_cobra
  • I Never Expected This

    spheric said:
    I ask because...
    .... because AppleWhacker is trolling.
    I give him the benefit of the doubt here. 

    Apple may just be too polite to simply confiscate a counterfeit product and tell him to fuck off. 
    muthuk_vanalingam
  • Twitter for iOS updated with $8 checkmark in-app purchase

    Wait, so instead of paying celebrities and official accounts for providing free content verified to be authentic, he‘s making THEM pay for the privilege of attracting traffic by veracity? 

    I mean. I guess it goes both ways, but has Musk really not understood how Twitter works?
    williamlondonwatto_cobra
  • Husband buries wife alive, smashes Apple Watch to stop her calling for help

    JP234 said:
    spheric said:
    JP234 said:
    You'll take my Apple Watch when you pry it from my cold, dead wrist. From my cold. dead. wrist.
    Apparently, that can be arranged. 
    Dude, if I forwarded that to the DOJ, you'd be looking at prison time. Be more careful with your wording!
    a) I'm probably not subject to jurisdiction by the DoJ. 

    b) I was very careful, and very deliberate, with my wording. As is apparent from this article, the prerequisite "cold, dead wrists" are not necessarily something that would stop someone.
    That's what "apparently" means. 

    I put that word there explicitly so that it couldn't be construed as a threat. 
    JP234watto_cobra
  • Husband buries wife alive, smashes Apple Watch to stop her calling for help

    JP234 said:
    You'll take my Apple Watch when you pry it from my cold, dead wrist. From my cold. dead. wrist.
    Apparently, that can be arranged. 
    doozydozen