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While providers may complain that they are inundated by takedown requests Google says it receives more than a million each week to put the provision on the table risks ending up with something that saddles Internet sites with additional liability. In fact, when the green paper was unveiled, Michael Beckerman, president and CEO of the Internet Assn., a trade group formed in 2012 that includes Google, Facebook and Amazon among its members, said existing law works very well. In a statement to Variety, he said that the DMCA continues to fulfill its intended purpose of facilitating the growth and development of the Internet and the Web. In contrast, Hollywood and lobbying orgs representing other content creators complain that the safe harbor provision forces them into playing endless whacka-mole; even after enlisting their own monitoring services to find infringing content and send out takedown notices, they say piracy is still growing. While Beckerman warned that the green paper would be used by some interest groups as a call for new laws addressing online infringement, that prospect seems unlikely, not just because of the government shutdown, but because of skittishness among lawmakers to start anything like the unprecedented protest that sidelined the last major piece of antipiracy legislation, the Stop Online Piracy Act. House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., has launched a series of hearings with an eye toward revising copyright laws, but that process could take years, and undoubtedly would be contentious when and if it comes to revisiting the DMCA. The authors of the green paper recognized this, and have proposed that rather than pursue legislation, the tech and content industries should come up with their own set of best practices for identifying takedown notices. Thats easier said than done, of course. Google and others have had individual conversations with the studios; they are in business with most of them. But when it comes to hashing out a broad voluntary agreement across industries, there are, tellingly, no serious discussions. Sherwin Siy, VP of legal affairs at the public interest group Public Knowledge, said via e-mail that best practices agreements can be a big help, as they can inform players what is and what isnt useful to the other side, and provide some guideposts for dealing with a complex situation. But there can be drawbacks, he noted, as when there are not methods for redress and appeal. The problem is that complaints of abuse or mistake get the runaround. Google has argued that it has been prompt in responding to takedown requests 57 million last year, with an average response time of less than six hours, the company said and that it has been proactive in removing ad services to sites that violate its copyright policy.

I’m From Hollywood – how Andy Kaufman tried to combine comedy and wrestling

Any one could be a dead end. Every one could be the golden ticket. The only mistake is to not try the biggest, boldest thing you can think of. What the makers of ” Thula ,” a short film that is having its LA premiere this week thought of was to fly all the the way to South Africa to shoot a very personal-scale story. I recently sat down with the filmmaking team of Jahmela Biggs , Caitlin Talbot and James Bland to talk about how they pulled together an international shoot on the back of a crowdfunding campaign. We started with the choice to go to South Africa in the first place. “The decision to shoot there was made before we had the script,” said writer-actor Biggs. “Or the crew,” added her co-star Talbot. “Or the money,” tagged in director Bland . “Right, exactly, or the financing,” continued Biggs. “So we decided pretty early on we wanted to make that happen.

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X Your Kinja blog will upgrade to our latest design on October 18 at 6AM EDT. Hollywood’s Walk Of Fame Throws Some Serious Shade At Kim Kardashian Kanye West, in an interview with Jimmy Kimmel that you might have missed last week, talked about how it was ludicrous that his baby mama Kim Kardashian did not have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. How did the Walk of Fame team respond? With a big resounding “Fuck thaaaat.” As a Walk of Fame spokeswoman Ana Martinez explained to the NY Daily News, Theyre not giving a performance, its just them going through their daily lives and rituals on TV. We honor people whove acted in or directed or produced an award-winning show or film. And its the same with music, people who maybe have gold records. Not even shade so much as a brutally true insult. Though perhaps Martinez is unaware that Keeping Up With The Kardashians actually did take home a statue: they won Favorite TV Guilty Pleasure at the 2011 People’s Choice Awards. And no one can doubt how hard Kardashian worked to stage those supposedly overseas scenes. Kardashian and the star-studded sidewalk have more in common than you may think: they’re both cultural institutions that no one really cares about and both have been urinated upon by random men, but Martinez is rightthe Walk of Fame is a Hollywood institution with impeccably high standards. How else do you explain Vanna White, Judge Judy and The Harlem Globetrotters all having stars? Related

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A dog chases a mock intruder during a function to celebrate the 29th Raising Day of the Indian National Security Guard (NSG) in Manesar, about 60 km (38 miles) south of New Delhi, October 16, 2013. The NSG is a federal contingency force established in 1984 and a quick reaction elite force for neutralizing militants, hijackers and kidnappers in situations which are beyond the capability of local forces to handle. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee (INDIA - Tags: MILITARY ANNIVERSARY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

As a young Robin Williams puts it in this film, Andy made himself the premise, and the entire world the punch line. When he started wrestling Kaufman had already become famous for his role as Latka on the smash hit sitcom Taxi and his appearances on Saturday Night Live. In Kaufmans live performances he would invite women in the audience to wrestle him, even offering a cash reward to any woman that could pin his shoulders to the mat. He would cast himself as the bad guy, or heel in wrestling terms, and say anything in order to get the audience to root against him in the matches. His extreme misogynistic comments offended many people who were not so willing to forget its just a character. When he took this act to the Mid-South professional wrestling territory in Tennessee it snowballed. He once tried to explain to the audience how to use a bar of soap. Needless to say, they hated him. This was also where he began his rivalry with Jerry The King Lawler, which is the central focus of the film. Without spoiling too much, Kaufmans Hollywood persona was the perfect antagonist to Lawler with his good ol boy southern charm. It made for an epic feud that included a famous scuffle on The Late Show with David Letterman. Nearly 30 years later, it is still unclear which parts of the feud were real and which parts were not.

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commentEndDate:10/31/13 11:40 EDT! currentDate:10/17/13 8:0 EDT! allowComments:true! displayComments:true! Hollywood director Michael Bay attacked on Hong Kong set of latest Transformers movie ( Associated Press ) – American film director Michael Bay, left, assists the cameraman as they are filming their latest film Transformers Four in Hong Kong Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013. Two men have been arrested after the American film director, Michael Bay, was allegedly assaulted in Quarry Bay while working on his latest film, Transformers Four as the two men demanding money from the film crew. CAPTION By Associated Press, HONG KONG Hollywood director Michael Bay was attacked and slightly injured Thursday on the set of the fourth installment of the Transformers movie series currently filming in Hong Kong, police said. A Hong Kong police spokeswoman said two brothers surnamed Mak who own a shop near the movie set approached Bay and demanded 100,000 Hong Kong dollars ($13,000). Looking for things to do? Select one or more criteria to search Kid-friendly Get ideas When Bay refused to pay, they assaulted him, she said. The brothers also allegedly assaulted three police officers who were called to the set. The spokeswoman said Bay suffered a minor injury to his face but declined medical treatment. She spoke on customary condition of anonymity. The two men, aged 27 and 28, were arrested and face charges of blackmail, assault and assaulting police officers, she said.

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