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Fair Use vs Stealing

I recently had a problem with an unenlightened, uneducated and low-class site who stole (and are stealing)  a lot of my cartoons.

They are a “humor” site, and they stole many dozens of my cartoons (which explains why this site was down for the last 10 days). I will deal with them separately, when my investigation is done, but because they were so very stupid, I wanted to try to explain Fair Use to my smart readers here!

Very very briefly, there are 4 rules of Fair use: read more

I’m not Elizabeth Taylor.

Although my cartoon on her is coming up.

Just an amusing note that I know men, though not as many as she, and particularly 2 men on the front page of Daily Caller today! No, not Obama and Gadhafi!

These are guys I know from LA Press Club wild parties. Actually they weren’t very wild, but these men are seriously entertaining.

Andrew Breitbart is being called out for being racist on the Huffington Post – what else is new. I still have to write about that non-racist cartoon he published on the other day. He absolutely is not. And since he worked with Arriana Huffington long before she became the liberal icon she is today, when he was taking a break from the Drudge Report, and he actually helped her start the HuffPo, I have a feeling she doesn’t care about the charges against him. (But who would know her thoughts? Her unpaid writers do all the grunt work, anyway.)  Daily Caller reports:

Breitbart’s post about NPR and the Tea Party infuriated Color of Change. In a Wednesday alert to supporters, the organization said that its prominent placement on The Huffington Post “shows a lack of journalistic integrity, and it’s frankly an insult to our communities.”

I’m not familiar with Color of Change, but I did

Media Matters for America and Donna Barstow.

I don’t know them, really I don’t. Don’t think I want to. Yet people are looking for these keywords together.

Did Media Matters recently mention me, or use one of my cartoons? Considering their leftist bent, I can’t imagine it was in a good way.

Can’t find any answer on Google and the site itself doesn’t have any cartoons (shame!).

If anyone knows anything, please email me or respond in comments. Thanks.

I am bad, but it’s Halloween.

Little later than I wanted, but still a good scoop.

The LA Press Club has some pretty good speakers, but I was looking forward to the one on talk radio for weeks, and it didn’t disappoint!

KFI’s John Kobylt, half of the John and Ken show, Talkers magazine publisher Michael Harrison and KPCC/LA Times journalist and radio host Patt Morrison will be among the participants of a high-powered panel discussing the state of talk radio in L.A. and the nation, presented by the Los Angeles Press Club, Thurs., Oct. 28, at the Steve Allen Theater.

According to Talkers magazine publisher Michael Harrison, who coined the term “talk media” and defined it years ago in preparation for this new era, “Talk media is collectively the most accurate bellwether of American public opinion in the mass media today.”

Radio veteran Bill Moran will moderate by tossing such queries as “What is the impact of Talk Radio on the mid-term elections?” and “Is a strong news department relevant or even necessary to the content of Talk Radio?”  And there are many other probing questions he will be challenging participants to answer.  Two of those being put on the firing line include top talk show program directors Robin Bertolucci of Clear Channel and KABC’s Jack Silver.

I happened to sit next to Bill Moran at another event and knew he would be a good moderator. He told a couple of us beforehand that he was going to ask John Kobylt why John and Ken had such a strange position on Prop 23 (set up by oil

companies to squash AB 32, our very strong anti-pollution act, which hasn’t even started yet). John and Ken have been ranting for weeks that it will cost everyone their job, and no one believes in Global Warming anyway. (Right.) Bill did ask John about this, and he went right into his spiel against global warming! (Although I agree with him about fluorescent bulbs are ugly, don’t fit anywhere, and have terrible light. Hate.)

Also, before it started, I talked with Patt Morrison of NPR for a couple of minutes about her dog – told her I had been following rescue groups

Carly Fiorina would look good in shiny black leather.

Carly Fiorina cartoon for your viewing pleasure. I’ll leave it to your imagination about the whip part, but wouldn’t she look fine?

My friend Diane met Carly Simon, but I met Carly Fiorina, who’s running against Barbara Boxer as US Senator. Diane shared an entire lovely dinner and conversation with her Carly, (the singer) and her director boyfriend; I talked with Carly Fiorina for only a  minute, but hey, her bodyguard (?) and PR person smiled at me. And we didn’t share anything to eat, but it was at the Western Foodservice Convention (restaurants, you know. I do a restaurant cartoon, Daily Special, for a lot of papers. Very fun.) so there was food in our surrounding area – think of school lunchrooms.

I wanted to ask her hard-hitting questions, like how she feels about animal rights. Or Prop 8, illegals, that sort of thing. But ABC and KTLA were also there filming, and I’m not going to get caught on tape, oh, no!

So I just  introduced myself as a cartoonist for Slate and various papers, and told her I was glad to meet her in person because I like to draw flattering cartoons of people, not ugly ones. Everyone smiled at that!

She’s actually much prettier than she appears in TV ads – that takes skill, making someone look worse on camera. I met one of her campaign people at LA Observed’s latest rooftop party; he was talking with the famous and fascinating Mickey Kaus, who I’ve known for quite a while, and this guy (who didn’t have a card!) asked if he could use one of my cartoons in a Youtube video of her. No you may not! Unless we can come to a happy agreement. 

Here is my sheep cartoon about the weird youtube sheep ad she paid for to win against Tom Campbell, and I drew a vulture cartoon (Sorry, no link now. Uclick threw away 2 years of my cartoons on Slate, Gocomics and Yahoo News when they kicked me out of Gocomics.) of her and Meg Whitman after their wins.

See what I mean about animal rights?

More comments on this cartoon on GoComics (no link now).

Caption: Carly Fiorina cartoon. Campaign headquarters for Carly Fiorina for US Sen

Gizmodo, the new fence for Nick Denton.

Fence, as in a way for him to sell his devious, stolen, demented ideas to the public in all of his skeevy dreary blogs.

I was interested in the news about Gizmodo and the iPhone last week, even though I don’t read/have either one, just because I like tech news.  It took me a couple of days before I had time to read the details.

Gawker Media’s Gizmodo blog dropped a bomb on technology enthusiasts Monday with information and pictures of what looks like a prototype for Apple’s next iPhone. Gawker paid for access to the device from a person who found it at a bar in Redwood City, Calif., Gizmodo editor Jason Chen said. Gawker founder Nick Denton coyly acknowledged in a tweet Monday that his company has paid for exclusives before.

I was outraged at this! And happy to find this article from Daily Finance on how Apple could easily sue Gizmodo for knowingly buying the stolen iPhone. The author actually talked with Nick Denton.

Gawker Media has admitted — boasted, really — that it paid $5,000 to get its hands on a prototype of a fourth-generation iPhone for its gadget blog, Gizmodo.

Now that I’ve had a few hours to digest all this, I am somewhat scandalized, even outraged. Put simply, Gawker Media brazenly, publicly flouted the law. It subsidized a crime: the selling of stolen merchandise.

See full article from DailyFinance:

What Jeff  Bercovici doesn’t bring up, however, is how Gizmodo also stole and used intellectual property, known as trade secrets.

Business Insider says that Denton now claims he LOST money because of this big scoop! 

With characteristic humility, Gawker Media owner Nick Denton describes his company’s acquisition of an iPhone 4Q — two months before