The Associated Press plans to add software to its articles to track how they are used online.The aim is for those who use AP articles to pay for them, AP president and chief executive Tom Curley told the New York Times. AP maintains that just publishing an article headline and a link requires a licensing agreement, the story says.The Times notes that headlines and links are often used by search engines like Google, news aggregators and blogs. Google has argued in the past that its use of AP articles is protected by the doctrine of fair use, according to the blog Today @ PC World. But Curley apparently expects payment.“If someone can build multibillion-dollar businesses out of keywords, we can build multihundred-million businesses out of headlines, and we’re going to do that,” he told the Times.Today @ PC World questions whether bloggers will be targeted. Jane Seagrave, senior vice president for global product development at AP, told Information Week that the intent … [Read more...] about Will Bloggers Be at Risk in AP Content Crackdown?
A Florida lawyer who was formerly president of his local bar in Jacksonville has been accused of masterminding a $300 million gambling scheme that operated through a veterans charity.Authorities say Jacksonville lawyer Kelly Mathis represented Allied Veterans of the World and profited from the illegal operation, report the Associated Press and the Florida Times-Union. AP says Mathis is accused of making about $6 million from the scheme, while the Times-Union puts his profits at $7 million.News of his alleged involvement “sent shock waves Wednesday through the Jacksonville legal community,” AP says, “in large part because Mathis is a well-known lawyer.”Arrest warrants have been issued for 57 people in the probe of Allied Veterans, which ran nearly 50 Internet gaming parlors, according to police. Investigators say the charity spent about 2 percent of the $300 million in gambling proceeds from 2007 to early 2012 on veterans, according to another Associated Press … [Read more...] about Veterans charity used for lawyer’s $300M online gambling scheme, say officials
MERCED, Calif. (AP) — An 18-year-old woman has been arrested in California on suspicion of causing a deadly crash that she recorded live on Instagram.Obdulia Sanchez was booked into the Merced County Jail on suspicion of DUI and vehicular manslaughter after Friday’s crash that killed her 14-year-old sister and badly injured another 14-year-old girl.The California Highway Patrol says Sanchez was driving the car when it veered onto the right shoulder of a road about 120 miles (190 kilometers) southeast of San Francisco. It says she overcorrected, causing the vehicle to swerve across lanes, crash through a wire fence and overturn into a field.Relatives confirmed to KFSN-TV that Sanchez was livestreaming on Instagram before, during and after the crash.The California Highway Patrol is examining the video as part of the investigation.[Image and Video via New York Post] … [Read more...] about Woman Who Livestreamed Deadly Car Crash Online Arrested (VIDEO)
National Futures Association proposes amendments to its bylaws and registration rules.On August 22, the National Futures Association (NFA) submitted to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) proposed amendments to NFA Bylaw 301 and Registration Rules 401 and 402. The proposed amendments would require NFA approval for existing members that are futures commission merchants (FCMs), introducing brokers (IBs), commodity pool operators (CPOs), and commodity trading advisors (CTAs) to conduct swap activities, and, most importantly, the amendments would waive Series 3 examination requirements for associated persons (APs) who are engaged in offering and selling swaps only, not listed futures or commodity options. If the proposed amendments take effect, APs of these entities who do not engage in futures or commodity options activity will not be required to pass a proficiency examination to effect their registration as an AP. Unless the CFTC objects to the proposed … [Read more...] about NFA Proposes New Swap Entity Identification Requirement and Waives Series 3 Exam for APs Engaged Only in Swap Activity
Introduction “A parochial, selfish, narrow minded nationalism has caused so much misfortune and misery to the world. A mad and exaggerated form of this cult of nationalism is today running rampant….”This statement made by M.N. Roy, as far back as 1942, may resonate with many even today, particularly in these times we live in.Good evening, Justice Chalmeswar, Mr. Pancholi and distinguished members of audience. It is a privilege and an honour to be here to deliver the M.N. Roy Memorial lecture today.M.N. Roy was a leading intellectual and thinker, and an activist philosopher, who was deeply involved in the Humanist Movement. He was critical of the fundamentals of Indian nationalism and the ideology of nationalism in general, particularly in light of the rise of Fascism and Nazism and the outbreak of the Second World War.Roy left India during the earlier part of the First World War as a full-blooded nationalist, but changed his views after much reflection and … [Read more...] about Free Speech, Nationalism And Sedition: Justice AP Shah [M.N.Roy Memorial Lecture][VIDEO+TEXT]