The Second Rule Is “Do Not Become A Cheerleader”
I spent the summer writing a small book for my daughter listing the rules she should follow to have a cool life.
Beside never becoming a cheerleader one of the most important (to me) was to not have any respect for the law.
Though my ex thinks I am trying to turn my Destiny into a delinquent modern times prove me right once again.
So the single mother who got sued by the RIAA and went to court lost.
The chick used the same username to get dates on Match.com. It was obvious she was guilty.
But, of course, the reason she took it to trial wasn’t about guilt.
We all know what the law says and find it pretty stupid.
I, for one, don’t have much respect for laws anyway. I prefer to stand on principles, they don’t change.
While this case is getting all the (digital) ink another important case affecting your future is going on.
Alison Chang (the girl in the picture above) is suing Virgin Mobile for causing her “grief and humiliation”. The photo came from Flickr and the photographers there have a lot to say on it.
Now most of the noise about this picture has to do with the Creative Commons license.
I’m not going to get into the debate except to say that I think folks are missing the bigger picture.
This case is really about who has control over your image.
If a photographer gives his rights away should the subject in the photo suffer?
You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see that power is shifting to the bottom. That being the case, it seems obvious what the verdict should be.
But like I said, I have no respect for the law.
They are always years behind.
Alison will lose, just like the chick who fought the RIAA and we will lament how bad it is.
Just stick to your principles. That way you can never be wrong.
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