Daily Archives April 25, 2015

Google’s Book Scanning and Copyright Laws

Google’s Book Scanning and Copyright Laws

by: Richard A. Chapo

As you may know, Google is making an effort to scan every book in the world. The goal is to create a giant online database of every book that can be searched. One small problem is the fact that Google is violating copyright laws.
Copyright
Google argues its book database doesn’t violate copyright laws. The company suggests it only shows short passages and accompanies the text with ads showcasing where the full books can be purchased. Of course, the ads are Google Adwords from which the company makes a tidy profit.
On Tuesday, the search goliath rolled out stand-alone book search services in 14 countries. The same day, the Text and Academic Authors Association (TAA) became the latest publishers’ organization to call Google’s opt-out strategy backwards.
Authors, Publishers and publishing associations are not happy. While Google only publishes the full text of books in the public domain, it is still copying entire books for which it has no permission. Google claims it can do this because the books are being scanned from versions owned by public libraries. Fearing an avalanche of lawsuits, Google backed off.
In August, Google stopped scanning copyrighted books in public library collections. At the same time, it gave publishers the right to submit lists of books the publishers didn’t want scanned. As you can image, publishers still aren’t happy.
The Arrogance of Google
Once viewed as the underdog to giants such as Microsoft, Google continues to act like the local school bully. In this case, the company has taken such an arrogant approach that lawsuits are inevitable. Google is going to take a beating in the lawsuits and here is why.
Consider the neighborhood you live in...

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Pleas & Court Appearances in New York Criminal Cou

Pleas & Court Appearances in New York Criminal Courts

by: Susan Chana Lask, Esq.

At arraignment, the District Attorney may offer a plea to a lesser charge than what you were arrested for originally. Pleas are offered to unburden an extremely congested criminal court calendar, as well as to get rid of lesser criminal cases so the District Attorney can rightfully concentrate on the more serious crimes.
If you were arrested for misdemeanor shoplifting and you arrive at the arraignment with no prior arrests, most likely the District Attorney will offer you the option of pleading guilty to a lesser violation and a few days of community service with a fine. You have the option to end the process by accepting the lower charge of a violation, which is not a crime but will appear on your record in the future.
If you accept the plea then you will actually plead guilty to a lesser offense on the record and the court will most likely impose a fine and community service or counseling, depending upon what you and the District Attorney agreed to.
If you don’t accept the plea, you will simply plead “not guilty” and continue your criminal court appearances. Your attorney will file various motions and hold hearings to discover what evidence the District Attorney has against you or to get the charges dismissed. An example of such a hearing would be called a “Huntley Hearing”. In that hearing your attorney’s objective is to get any incriminating statements you made suppressed, meaning they can not be used against you. The point of that hearing is that the police obtained statements from you invlountarily. At the hearing your attorney will cross-examine the police involved in your arrest by asking them detailed questions...

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New Website For Consumers

New Website For Consumers

by: News Canada

Does my infant’s car seat meet the latest Canadian safety standards?
How can I lower my bank service charges?
My letters of complaint aren’t being answered. Now what?
How can I protect myself against consumer scams?
Getting accurate, reliable answers to these kinds of questions is the name of the game if you want to be a smart consumer. Being informed is especially important if you’re shopping for a big-ticket item like a house or a car, or when there is a risk to your financial security or safety.
Until now it has not been easy to get answers to all of these questions in one place. Now you can go to the Canadian Consumer Information Gateway, at http://ConsumerInformation.ca.
The site contains clear, concise consumer information from nearly 300 departments and agencies of federal, provincial and territorial governments in Canada. It is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It’s the Canadian consumers’ ally on the Web, helping you to protect yourself and become a more confident and more effective consumer.
The site is easy to navigate as it has both a powerful search engine and a menu of familiar topics to help you. You’ll also find useful help files to answer your navigation questions on-line. If after your search you still need more information, the site lists e-mail addresses and phone numbers for a host of partners’ and province-specific, consumer-focused organizations.

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Your Most Personal Document

Your Most Personal Document

by: News Canada

(NC)—Every person should have a will, which should cover at least seven essential points to avoid difficulties in the future.

Make sure only one Will exists.
Determine who you want as your executor.
Carefully plan for your dependents.
Name a guardian for young children.
Detail specific monies or gifts to relatives, friends or charities.
Consider what people-or organizations such as a health charity or Amnesty International, should receive the residue of your estate.
Put in writing the details of your funeral arrangements.

After you have taken care of these basic issues, you may want to consider a few other areas.
A Will is more than a simple outline of the final distribution of property and effects. It is an occasion to carry out your plans for the financial support of people and projects that you have actively supported during your lifetime.
It can also be the time to finally help those people and groups that you always intended to support but didn’t have the resources to do so.
Update your will
If your financial circumstances have changed significantly as a result of purchases, investments, inheritances, inflationary increases, business growth, etc., you should reflect these changes in your Will.
How often you do this will depend on the wording of your original Will and how significant the changes in your circumstances are.
Certainly, anything that is not specifically detailed in your existing Will should be noted now.
Changing lifestyles and interests
If you have not examined your Will in a number of years, you may want to consider whether it adequately covers your current lifestyle, attitudes and interests.
People realize that if they have retired, or have changed occupations, or even if their family situation has...

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How To Avoid Copyright Infringement When Registeri

How To Avoid Copyright Infringement When Registering Domain Name

by: Stanley Spencer

One of the most important aspects of choosing a domain name is that it should be non-infringing. This is not an easy task since most unique names have already been registered. The number of useful domain names from the marketing point of view have become extremely limited. Several companies now register variations of their trademark names as a preventive measure against infringement. For example, check www.coke.com, www.coca-cola.com, and www.coca-cola.com, or try www.3m.com and www.mmm.com.
All these factors have led to a crisis of domain names and given rise to increasing cases of infringement of domain names. A number of companies have taken legal action against other companies or individuals over alleged copyright violation on the domain names.
There are some fundamental guidelines and cross-checks for selection of a domain name.
You must carefully select some names that are relevant to your business model. You must be able to justify your reason for using the name. Your domain registration should principally consist of a name you are using as a trade name, trademark or corporate name.
It is better to select more than one name since you are not sure about the availability of the required domain name.
Now, search the website of one of the prominent domain name registrars to check if the required name is available. If the name has already been registered by someone else, the search result will provide you with optional names that are similar to your requirements. For example, for the name “ford”, the search result may give you similar names like “aboutford.com” and “fordbusiness.com”.
If the domain name that you are looking has already been registered but there is no content being dis...

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