Songwriter Equity Act Re-Introduced to Congress

By: Ed Christman

congress-650pxAs expected, the Songwriter Equity Act has been reintroduced in both houses of Congress today.  The legislation — introduced by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Congressman Doug Collins (R-Ga.), is aimed at amending two sections, 114 and 115, of the Copyright Act to, hopefully, achieve better rates for songwriters. The legislation was first introduced last year in February, but needed to be reintroduced with the end of the 113th Congressional term. Continue reading

‘Blurred Lines’ Trial: Pharrell Says Ripping Off Marvin Gaye Is “Last Thing You Want to Do”

By: Austin Siegemund-Broka

MV5BNTgxNjMwODAwNl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNzU5NjYxMTE@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_AL_Pharrell Williams testified in a single phrase to what he thinks “Blurred Lines” shares with the Marvin Gaye song it’s said to copy: “Feel. Not infringement.”  That’s the dispute in the trial currently in its second week in Los Angeles federal court, with the soul singer’s children Frankie and Nona Gaye claiming “Blurred Lines” infringes their late father’s 1977 song “Got To Give It Up.” The prolific producer (and The Voice judge) took the stand on Wednesday, with his co-claimant Robin Thicke present in court for the first time this week.  His testimony offered an inside look into the recording of one of this decade’s most successful songs, which was revealed in court Tuesday to have earned over $16 million. He testified that never in the songwriting process did “Got To Give It Up” or Gaye’s influential recordings enter his head. Only in promotional media interviews later did he start comparing the tracks, he said. (Thicke testified similarly, with the noteworthy addition of claiming he was drunk and high on Vicodin during every one of his interviews.) Continue reading

How to Register Your Small Business Online

By: Raad Ahmed

How to Survive—and Thrive!—When You Take Your Small Business Online  It’s easier than ever to set up an online business, but the field (whatever your field may be) is more crowded than ever. Below, some tips on what you’ll need to get started—and what you’ll need to stand out in the new marketplace.  How to survive: Register your trademarks. You’ll need a name (or DBA) for your business, and you’ll need to make sure it’s available. The same goes for any other trademarks you might wish to use for your business.

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US ambassador attacked and injured, according to South Korean media

By: Associated Press

Mark LippertU.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert was attacked by a man wielding a razor and screaming that the rival Koreas should be unified, South Korean police and media said Thursday. TV images showed Lippert bleeding from his head and wrist, but the extent and nature of his injuries were not immediately clear. He was taken to a hospital for treatment.   YTN TV reported that the man screamed, “South and North Korea should be reunified” during the attack. The two Koreas have been divided for decades along the world’s most heavily armed border. The United States stations 28,500 troops in South Korea as a deterrent against the North, and some South Koreans see the U.S. presence as a barrier toward a unified Korea. Continue reading

Boston Marathon Bombings – Clear footage

Lawyer for Boston Marathon bomb suspect: ‘It was him’

By: G. Jeffrey MacDonald

635610613222283765-GTY-465212554Almost two years after twin bombings rocked the Boston Marathon, this city and the nation, the trial of suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev opened Wednesday with his lawyer admitting “It was him.”  Defense lawyer Judy Clarke pleaded with a federal jury to approach the case with an open mind — and suggested Tsarnaev’s brother, Tamerlan, was the mastermind of the April 2013 attack that killed three people and injured more than 260.  The trial began with opening statements from both sides in a courtroom packed with victims, family members, media and members of the public. Assistant U.S. Attorney William Weinreb went first, quickly describing a gory scene of carnage, perpetrated by a cowardly bomber who targeted a group of children when twin blasts rocked a crowded street near the finish line. Continue reading

Wife seeks divorce over husband’s huge penis

By: Melissa Caceres

gavelTurns out bigger isn’t always better.  A Nigerian woman filed for divorce from her husband because she couldn’t handle the size of his penis, according to Nigerian media reports.  Aisha Dannupawa, a housewife and mother of three, asked a Sharia court to dissolve her one-week marriage to Ali Maizinari in Nigeria’s Zamfara State due to his large member. She told the court she had married Maizinari after her first marriage failed.  As part of tradition before settling in her husband’s home, the bride was invited to move into his parents’ house. It was when they first had sex that she claimed the trauma began.  “When he came, we had sex but the experience was a nightmare. Instead of enjoying the sex, it turned out to be something else because his penis was too big,” she told the court, according to Nigeria’s Tribune. Continue reading