Stop Shooting Your Dinner

The Annenberg Space for Photography in Century City (sitting beneath the offices of both Creative Artists Agency and the Annenberg Foundation) is pairing with Craft to offer 10% off dinner to any of the exhibit’s attendees.

Who Shot Rock & Roll opens on June 23 ~ October 7, 2012 and features images from over 100 iconic photographers. Organized by the Brooklyn Museum with guest curator Gail Buckland, the exhibit spotlights the creative and collaborative role that photographers have played in the history of rock music.

If there’s one thing I hate about myself, it’s the weakness I experience whenever a beautiful plate of food is placed before me. You see, I feel a compulsion to take a photograph of it, which is then followed by an even greater urge to publish that photo on the internet.

It’s time for a change, so let’s take advantage of what all that TV Guide money can do and try mixing food and photos another way.

via Craft & The Annenberg Space for Photography.

The War on Information

In America, we’ve seen the poor attacked following the War on Poverty; we’ve seen children jailed in the War on Drugs; and the War on Terror has ripped from us of our rights as American citizens.

Now it looks like we may be headed for a War on Information. America may one day use piracy as a casus belli some day. China should pay heed.

My brother-in-law just graduated from Stanford Law School. He recently wrote this nifty little piece on how to prosecute WikiLeaks. He believes that the US Department of Justice could prosecute WikiLeaks supporters using the same ineffectual tactics that were used to target Kim Dotcom. This compelling legal theory was just published in the Stanford Journal of International Law.

Protecting State Secrets as Intellectual Property: A Strategy for Prosecuting WikiLeaks

Criminal statutes generally deployed against those who leak classified government documents — such as the Espionage Act of 1917 — are ill-equipped to go after third-party international distribution organizations like WikiLeaks.

I have to say, though, that I’m a little saddened to have a family member — especially such an intelligent one — stray so far from the herd. I can’t blame him – royalties are sacred to some. However, the plain truth is that law can no longer stay current with the advance of technology.

Some people don’t want to accept the fact that our legislative process is too slow to keep pace – those individuals simply need to realize the truth.

There are others, however, who have realized the futility of this pursuit, and yet still support this deprecated endeavor. It is those individuals who are interested simply in transferring power away from the people and toward the state.

via Protecting State Secrets as Intellectual Property: A Strategy for Prosecuting WikiLeaks by James Freedman :: SSRN.

AMC Theatres to MPAA: “Fuck off”

Suck it, Valenti.

Dead Culture

“This isn’t just about business. This is about overthrowing dead culture.”

– Steve Jobs, from The Pirates of Silicon Valley

As the concept of intellectual property fades into obscurity, the people of planet earth have reached a major milestone. I don’t think this has ever happened since the creation of that McCarthyistic dinosaur we call the MPAA. A national movie chain has rejected the MPAA’s restricted rating of Bully and gone their own route. It seems AMC feels pretty strongly about the nature and cultural significance of this film. Consequently, they’re skipping the simpleton rating system and going it on their own.

And that’s our play of the day.

Usually, when a film is released without a rating by the MPAA, it’s because it contains so much mature content — usually sexual in nature — that it was going to get an NC-17. In turn, major theater chains have traditionally treated unrated films as if they have an NC-17 rating, and won’t screen the film for any audience.

via Bully: AMC Theaters to screen for minors, with permission | Inside Movies | EW.com.