Censorship or Copyright Infringement? Flickr Takes Down “Obama as Joker” Photo

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#news#NYT#Photo Sharing Services#politics#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Related Posts sarah perez Los Angeles residents recently began seeing a new sort of Obama poster plastered across their city. Instead of promoting “hope,” these posters feature U.S. President Barack Obama wearing the Joker’s clown makeup from the Batman movie “The Dark Knight.” Even those outside of L.A. have likely seen this image somewhere as it soon took on a viral nature, appearing both online and in other cities across the country. The politically charged (and rather disturbing) photo serves as a counterpoint to the prolific and iconic “hope” posters that became popular during Obama’s campaign. Regardless of which side you favor, one thing can be said about this photo: it definitely grabs your attention. But now, according to the photo’s creator, Firas Alkhateeb, a 20-year-old college student from Chicago, the image has been removed from photo-sharing website Flickr due to “copyright infringement concerns.” Really? Is that why? Or is Flickr engaging in political censorship? About the PhotoThe posters that popped up across the country were based on Alkhateeb’s photo, but had the TIME magazine logo and branding removed and had added the word “socialism” at the bottom. Alkhateeb wasn’t responsible for these changes – a yet-to-be-identified person is behind the posters’ creation. In fact, you may be surprised to hear that the Obama/Joker image wasn’t even meant to be political commentary, according to Alkhateeb. That’s quite ironic given that it has now embroiled him in this intense political debate. Instead, says the college student, he was just messing around after discovering an online tutorial that explained how to “Jokerize” photographs using Adobe Photoshop. It seems that Alkhateeb doesn’t particularly care about politics himself, having chosen to abstain from voting in November since he felt his state (Illinois) was already sewn up and decided before the polls opened. His views on Obama aren’t particularly one-sided either. Alkhateeb favors the democratic viewpoint on foreign relations but tends to side with Republicans on domestic issues.In a recent L.A. Times profile on Alkhateeb, it’s reported that the photo generated over 20,000 page views during the time it was hosted on the photo-sharing website Flickr.com. However, as of last Friday, Flickr removed the photo from their site. Why? Alkhateeb says he received an email from the company stating it had to be taken down due to “copyright infringement concerns.” (Apparently, TIME magazine wasn’t too happy seeing their brand associated with this sort of political commentary.)What About Free Speech?But isn’t this sort of political commentary, political parody in fact, protected as a form of free speech? Noted photographer and blogger Thomas Hawk thinks it is, citing a precedent for fair use (Folsom v Marsh) which states “if you produce something that is transformative, and not derivative, then it’s fair use.” Although Hawk isn’t a lawyer, he may be right on this one. Says Corynne McSherry, a senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a nonprofit that defends digital rights, Alkhateeb has a strong fair use defense if he was ever sued. “You really want to think twice about going after a political commenter,” she noted. This wouldn’t be the first time Flickr got involved with political censorship. Hawk also blogged about how the site deleted the account of a user named Shepherd Johnson after he made critical comments about Obama in the Official White House Photostream back in June. So is this yet another case of Flickr engaging in censorship? Or are they legitimately protecting themselves from these “copyright infringement” claims? (Flickr won’t comment on this since a company policy prohibits them from discussing issues surrounding one particular user.)What do you think about this issue? Share your thoughts in the comments. last_img read more

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Embarking on the Building Science Learning Curve

first_imgHow you can find good green building informationSo, what does all this mean for you as you try to build your green home or fix your existing home? To summarize David’s and my experience, and add a bit more:Find sources that you trust.Keep digging.Talk to the local pros.Take advantage of blogs and Internet discussion forums.Think long and hard about doing it yourself.Those points are mostly related. The better you are at gathering information, figuring out what’s valid, and avoiding information pitfalls, the better you’ll do at building or fixing your home.Let me now offer two words of caution: First, just because someone holds a strong opinion doesn’t mean they’re right. That’s why it’s important to look for consensus.Second, know your limits. I’ve heard horror stories about people with no experience trying to build their own home or hiring the wrong people to do something unconventional. It always ends up costing more, not less, when you bite off more than you can chew in this arena. The higher cost of a good pro looks pretty good in hindsight in those cases.I heard recently about someone who had to go looking for a pro who could salvage something from the huge house he’d started building. A lot of the people he approached told him he just needed to tear it down and start over but he did finally find someone who could help. He’s spending a lot more money to do it right the second time than he would have if he’d started out doing it right. Don’t be that person. How I found good information when I built a green homeIn 2001, I was a new landowner getting ready to build a house. I knew I wanted it to be a green home, and I’d watched (and helped a tiny bit) as my grad school thesis adviser, Liz Seiberling,3 designed and built an off-the-grid green home in Florida. I had a little bit of knowledge already because of that experience. (That’s me on the roof below helping to install the tongue-and-groove roof deck, circa 1996.)I also was in the Atlanta area and was well aware of the Southface Energy Institute, so that was another great resource at my disposal. In fact, one of the first things I did was to sign up for their four-day homebuilding school. It was there that I decided to go with structural insulated panels (SIPs) as our construction method. I also made contacts there, on both sides of the desk, that helped me during the two-year process of building.Another thing I did was to start buying copies of Fine Homebuilding magazine off the shelf when I visited Home Depot. When I started looking forward to the new issue appearing on the shelves, I knew it was time to subscribe, so I did. That was a tremendous resource. Not only did it (and still does) have information-packed, in-depth articles from pros, the section with tips also was helpful.I was on a mission — a learning mission — and I was obsessed. I had to learn about framing, SIPs, greywater systems, composting toilets, permitting, dealing with subcontractors, putting together a cost estimate, windows, foundations, solar-powered wells, and much more.Of course, where it got real was when I took all that information I got from books, magazines, Southface, and experts and started talking to local trade contractors. I remember putting together the list of specs I wanted for my poured concrete foundation to one contractor, Wendell, and when I went to him a few days later to see if he had a bid for me, he said, “Where’d you get these specs? I can’t meet them.” He didn’t even want to bid on it, and he was the best foundation contractor in the area!I learned that sometimes I had to settle for less than perfect because I just couldn’t take on every part of the job. Overall, though, I was able to incorporate a lot of the good stuff and do things the right way. Yeah, I made some mistakes, but it was still a great house. In fact, it was the greenest, most comfortable, efficient home I’ve ever lived in. My next one will be even better. I just returned from Arizona, where I spoke at this year’s conference of the Structural Insulated Panel Association. Since the conference was in Tucson, I also took the opportunity to visit with my friend David Butler of Optimal Building Systems.David is an amazing source of knowledge in the field of building science, especially concerning mechanical systems, and our conversation got me to thinking about learning curves. His story is quite interesting and not so different from mine in some ways. Perhaps the advice at the end of this article, based on what David and I went through (independently) over a decade ago, will help you as you travel up your own building science learning curve. Footnotes1. I also learned from him that through the mid-nineties, he had a nice business as a syndicated newspaper columnist. Maybe you saw his column, which ran in 50 papers duing the period 1992 to 1997. It was called At Home with Technology and covered all kinds of interesting topics. At the end of each article, he offered more information on the topic if the reader sent him a dollar, which so many people did that he had to hire people to handle opening and replying to the requests.2. Joe wrote a wonderful article last November about his own building science learning curve. Aided by giants in the field of building science and the engineering ingenuity of his father, he figured out how to do Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) without having moisture problems.3. Liz was the only woman on the University of Florida physics department faculty when I started there. She called her home the Solar Cracker because it was a Florida cracker-style house powered by photovoltaics. She and her husband, Randy, also bought a sawmill and sawed all the lumber for the home. If you look closely at the photos on the page about her home, you can see me swinging a hammer on the roof as we put the tongue-and-groove roof deck on. Liz and her husband Randy now live in rural Tennessee, where they’ve built another house. You can read about it in her blog, An Edible Forest Garden in Tennessee.center_img Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. Look for consensus among expertsWe were talking at breakfast yesterday morning when he told me about the information-gathering process he went through when he designed his previous home in Charlotte. He didn’t know much about building enclosures at the time. His background was electrical engineering, and his career1 until that point had been focused on developing home automation systems.As he set about learning what he needed to know to build the house, he found varying opinions, naturally. One way he handled that was to keep digging until he found several knowledgeable people who pretty much agreed on whatever subject he was researching. He figured that when he found consensus among experts, he couldn’t go too far wrong by following their advice.While working through the details of his stucco wall system, however, he ran into a dilemma where no consensus emerged. That was when lawsuits were killing the synthetic stucco industry due to moisture getting trapped in the wall. David found little agreement among builders and stucco contractors on how to avoid the failures that were making the news.  So he decided to seek out the leading expert on the stucco failures and trust his advice. That person turned out to be Dr. Joseph Lstiburek.2 He ended up hiring Joe to design the wall system as well as the rest of his building enclosure.He had a similar experience when he went to work for Enalasys, the company that started him down the path of becoming an HVAC expert.  Enalasys was developing diagnostic tools for mechanical contractors. David was hired to help develop an HVAC monitoring system. At that point, the bulk of his knowledge about heating and cooling systems was from a controls perspective. During his tenure at Enalasys, David joined ASHRAE and immersed himself in all things HVAC. When he had questions, he wasn’t shy about getting in touch with industry gurus and picking their brains. These two experiences are what led David to become the HVAC expert he is today.last_img read more

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After Effects Shortcut: Close All Open Compositions

first_imgReset your workspace by closing all open comps in After Effects with this handy shortcut.If you’re working with a complex After Effects project (comps in comps in comps) you can quickly clear your workspace by closing all open compositions.The following 1 minute video tutorial by the always enthusiastic Baker, of BakersTuts, explains how to do it (written explanation below). For more After Effects tutorials subscribe to Baker’s frequently updated YouTube channel.Command + W on Mac (or Control + W on PC) is the default shortcut to close windows, tabs, etc in most applications. So, when you have a composition selected in After Effects and use the CMD + W shortcut it will close that window.Now, add Shift to that shortcut and you can close all AE comps:Got an After Effects shortcut you absolutely rely on?Share your fave AE shortcuts in the comments below!last_img read more

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Virat Kohli backs MS Dhoni to find momentum and consistency

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni’s form and future has been under scanner post his Test retirement but a string of limited-overs matches in the next three months will enable the former skipper get some momentum and consistency going his way, feels skipper Virat Kohli.Dhoni’s form has been on the wane and Kohli is hoping that the next 24 limited-overs matches will help Dhoni get his mojo back.”This coming season gives us an opportunity to define roles for players and give them time to execute it so that for the World Cup, we know exactly what one player needs to do in certain situations,” Kohli told mediapersons ahead of second ODI.”And it helps someone like MS also because he doesn’t play Test cricket anymore. This long streak of matches will help him be in touch with the international games, find some momentum and stick to it,” Kohli added.For the skipper, it’s about growing good habits and sustaining them in the lead up to the World Cup.”So it’s an opportunity for everyone in the team including MS to create good habits and sustain them over a period of time,” the skipper made it amply clear how much he wishes to have an in-form Dhoni in the team.Get Ready, Get Set, GO! – @msdhoni preparing for a batting session #SLvIND #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/poZYTYoFZ0- BCCI (@BCCI) August 23, 2017Kohli also feels that Axar Patel as a package is a more utility cricketer compared to chinaman Kuldeep Yadav, which is the reason he was preferred in the playing XI.advertisement”It was a case of having two left-arm spinners that led us not playing Kuldeep in the first game. Axar was favoured more than Kuldeep from the point of view that he bats quite well and he is a gun (great) in the field also. Kuldeep has got opportunities in the past,” he said.”(Yuzvendra) Chahal and Axar are guys who haven’t got many opportunities so we want to test them out. It’s all about giving opportunities to people which we feel will not hamper our plans in any way and at the same time, it’s about giving them exposure at international cricket,” he further added.But Kuldeep very much remains in thick of things.”Kuldeep remains in the thick of things all the time. To have a guy like that in the team is always a boost. You might see two wrist spinners playing together if we feel that we don’t need that much depth in the batting in the coming games,” said the skipper.About giving Hardik Pandya the new ball, Kohli said that the all-rounder can use his height to a good advantage getting an extra bit of bounce.”Hardik has the ability to swing the ball and he can bowl consistently over 135 km/hr. With the new ball, he can get a bit of extra bounce because of his height. He has bowled with the new ball in India against England and against New Zealand in a few games as well. We certainly look at it as a great option for us.”Being the fifth bowler in the team, we can get four-five overs out of the way in the first 10, when the ball is swinging. Also Jasprit Bumrah is our strike bowler and he comes in one-change. The teams obviously will be a bit more wary against him so that really gives us good balance in terms of whom to use when,” he added.last_img read more

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10 months agoEverton boss Silva has big plans for McCarthy

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton boss Silva has big plans for McCarthyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton are ready to release James McCarthy for loan next month.The Mirror says McCarthy is returning to full fitness after a double break in his leg suffered last January and will be involved over Christmas, but the club want him to get back to regular action – and that is unlikely to be on offer at Goodison Park.Marco Silva sees a big part for McCarthy in his long-term plans, but he is happy to let him leave on a loan deal for the season.The Republic of Ireland star, 28, has interest from Fulham, Brighton and Burnley, and will talk with Silva before deciding on which club would be best. last_img read more

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a month agoWATCH: Atletico Madrid striker Morata mixed zone meltdown after dismissal

first_imgWATCH: Atletico Madrid striker Morata mixed zone meltdown after dismissalby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid striker Alvaro Morata suffered a meltdown AFTER being sent off in victory at Real Mallorca.Morata saw red after being booked twice in a minute for clashing with Mallorca players, the second following an altercation with Salva Sevilla.In the mixed zone after the 2-0 win, the former striker shouted at reporters, “Let Salva Sevilla say what he said.”Morata was then dragged away by club officials, still visibly angry.Mallorca’s Xisco Campos, who was involved in the brawl, said: “They are things that stay on the field and nothing happened.”Watch below: About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Jason Whitlock Thinks Chip Kelly Will Be Miami’s Next Head Coach

first_imgJason Whitlocks and Colin Coward talk about Chip Kelly on ESPN.jason whitlocks chip kelly to miamiThere are many who believe that Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly will eventually wind up back in the college game, where he saw great success as the leading man for the Oregon Ducks. One Fox Sports analyst – Jason Whitlock – thinks that it’s going to happen sooner rather than later.Whitlock joined Colin Cowherd on his radio show Wednesday afternoon and made a bold prediction. He thinks that Kelly will be Miami football’s next head coach. He believes that Kelly’s system would be a great fit for the Hurricanes, given the talent in the area.We’re not sure we agree, but it’s fun to think about. Miami needs to make a splash, and being able to land Kelly would certainly do just that.last_img read more

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Federal government moves to transform inmate segregation in federal prisons

first_imgOTTAWA – Eleven years after a teenager killed herself after spending more than three years in segregation in prison, Ottawa is moving to ban the practice of isolating prisoners who pose risks to security or themselves.Legislation introduced Tuesday by Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale will eliminate the practice of separating inmates from others in isolated cells for either administrative or disciplinary reasons.Inmates who do pose risks, will instead be moved to new “structured intervention units” where they can be removed from the general inmate population while maintaining their access to rehabilitative programming, interventions and mental-health care.Goodale said the changes are a direct result of recommendations from a coroner’s inquest into the 2007 death of 19-year-old Ashley Smith. The young woman from Moncton, N.B., choked to death from self-strangulation in a segregation cell as prison guards looked on at Grand Valley Institution in Kitchener, Ont.Smith spent more than 1,000 days in segregation in various corrections’ facilities before her death.An Ontario coroner’s inquest in 2013 ruled her death a homicide, and made 104 recommendations, including the banning of indefinite solitary confinement.“The approach that we’re taking now is entirely different,” Goodale said Tuesday.“Using the structured intervention units, it will allow us to maintain separation where separation is necessary, but at the same time the programming will continue.”Currently, inmates in segregation are restricted to two hours a day outside their cells and do not have access to meaningful interactions with others nor do they benefit from programming or mental health supports.Under Bill C-83 prisoners transferred to structured intervention units will be offered the opportunity to spend four hours a day outside their cell, during which time they would be guaranteed a minimum of two hours to interact with others.Inmates in these units will also be visited daily by a registered health care professional and be provided with access to patient advocates — a measure that was also recommended as part of the Ashley Smith inquest.The Correctional Service of Canada will also have to make sure that considerations unique to Indigenous offenders are factored into all correctional decision-making.Goodale says this is a “world-leading” approach to dealing with troubled inmates, focused more on intervention and rehabilitation rather than segregation and punishment.“Remember that the vast majority of these inmates will at some point serve their sentence and be released into society,” he said.“So the key question is, are they going to be released in a condition where they have some prospect of leading a law abiding life? Or are you just going to leave them in a condition where they will undoubtedly reoffend again and there will be more victims and there will be less safe communities?”This bill will replace another introduced by the Liberals last year to put a cap on the number of days an inmate can be held in solitary confinement. That bill was never debated and will no longer be pursued, a spokesman from Goodale’s office said Tuesday.Both the B.C. Supreme Court and the Ontario Superior Court have delivered decisions saying Canada’s current policies for administrative solitary confinement are inhumane and, in the Ontario decision, unconstitutional if longer than five days.The federal government has appealed the B.C. Supreme Court’s ruling, which was brought jointly by B.C. Civil Liberties Association and the John Howard Society.Goodale said Tuesday these appeals “will go forward” but Ottawa expects all sides will recognize the new legislation addresses the concerns with current policies, which “will make the further pursuit of the litigation unnecessary.”Grace Pastine, litigation director at the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, said her organization needs time to digest the details of the proposed changes and how it could affect their court case. She said the bill does show the government recognizes the current system of solitary confinement must end.“It’s an important bill and it shows that Canada is waking up to the fact that solitary confinement costs too much, it does nothing to rehabilitate prisoners and it exacerbates mental illness and, in some causes, even causes it in prisoners who are healthy when they enter solitary,” Pastine said.“Will this bill result in meaningful change? I think we just don’t know yet. We need to examine the bill closely and we need to carefully consider how it might be implemented.”—Follow @ReporterTeresa on Twitter.last_img read more

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Lascelles leaps to Benitezs defence

first_imgNewcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles has leapt to the defence of manager, Rafael Benitez after he was booed by supporters on Saturday.The Magpies lost to Brighton & Hove Albion at home this weekend and are yet to secure a win in the Premier League this season.There were some boos from the crowd when Benitez replaced Yoshinori Muto with Joselu in the second half as the team went in search of an equalizer.The final whistle was also greeted with more boos from frustrated fans, however, Lascelles says Benitez can’t be questioned.“People might say he should have brought this or that player on, but he’s done it at the top level and won trophies, so he knows.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I don’t think anyone in the stadium can question the manager about anything,” said United’s captain, according to The Shields Gazette.“Whether it’s to do with substitutions, tactics or whatever – they can’t question the manager, because he knows football better than anyone in this whole stadium.”“He wants us to play a certain way, and if we can’t do that as players, it’s down to us. But the gaffer can only deal with what he’s got. As players we’ve got to take responsibility ourselves. We cross the white line and so it’s down to us.”“We have to get together and talk about it, because we need to be more clinical in the box.”last_img read more

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