Sep 19, 3:47 AM EDT Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury World By AFP News 09/19/19 AT 3:25 AM Police in Athens on Thursday removed over 200 migrants, including dozens of children, from two squats in the city centre as part of a clean up drive by the new conservative government.Some 230 people, including 70 children, were removed and taken to the police headquarters for identification, Athens municipal radio reported.The police declined to give details.State TV ERT showed the migrants boarding buses, some of them clutching plastic bags with their belongings.The crackdown has been opposed by anti-establishment and rights groups who say the operations unfairly target migrant families, who would otherwise be homeless.Thousands of anti-establishment protesters marched in Athens on Saturday in a demonstration against the squat evacuations.New Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, elected in July, has vowed to combat "lawlessness". The … [Read more...] about Greek Police Evict Over 200 Migrants From Athens Squats
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ALBANY – Under growing pressure, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, never a fan of public debates with his opponents, on Friday appeared to set the stage for a quick-hit debate that he proposed be held early Saturday morning on a radio station that airs in New York City. Not so fast said Molinaro, who for months has been urging Cuomo to debate. The Republican candidate quickly rejected what he characterized as a haphazardly devised debate with a format put together seemingly on the fly by Cuomo and his radio interviewers. And other minor party candidates, cut out of the one-on-one plan accepted by Cuomo, called any such format unfair to them. “I have no problem fighting against the forces of hate. I don’t. I don’t think it’s an especially constructive dialogue,’’ Cuomo told WCBS radio in New York this morning as interviewers sought to get him to commit to a one-on-one debate with Molinaro. But then, Cuomo said, “If you want to do it Mr. Molinaro, if … [Read more...] about Molinaro rejects Cuomo’s radio debate proposal, calling it ‘a staged fraud’
A major art heist this past week raises considerable issues regarding art security and title. At the Paris Museum of Modern Art, a brazen thief made off with five paintings, valued together in excess of $120 million. The masked intruder's plunder included significant works by Picasso, Matisse, Braque, Modigliani and Léger. Officials in Paris decried the theft as a devastating loss to the art world that demonstrated serious lapses in the museum's security system. For instance, the thief had only to break a window and smash a grill's padlock to gain access to the museum’s priceless collection. What is more, even though there were security officers on duty at the museum at the time of the theft, they witnessed nothing. The museum's security camera did yield an image of the thief, but it is not yet known whether any of the culprit’s features are discernable enough to provide investigators with any useful leads. Alarmingly, this is the second time in less than a year … [Read more...] about Say it Isn’t PicasSo – Paris Art Theft Raises Security and Title Concerns
New technology continues to generate business models that test the limits of intellectual property laws enacted before such technologies were ever contemplated. The latest example is the use of “geofencing” in an attempt to avoid certain obligations to pay certain digital performance royalties.In February 2014, VerStandig Broadcasting, the owner of several radio stations in Virginia, sent a letter to SoundExchange, the entity responsible for administering statutory licenses and collecting digital performance royalties for sound recordings. The letter stated that VerStandig intended to use geofencing (explained below) to stream radio broadcasts to a limited area within 150 miles of each station’s transmitter using geofencing technology. This method, VerStandig Broadcasting said, would fall into an exemption under Section 114(d)(1)(B)(i) of the Copyright Act (17 U.S.C. §114(d)(1)(B)(i)), that would excuse it from paying digital performance … [Read more...] about Emerging Technology and Existing Law: Can Geofencing Provide Radio Webcasters a Workaround of Digital Performance Royalties?
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