Feds Wage War on Apostrophes
Its Practically Against the Law to Use the Mark in a Places Name
‘The Domestic Names Committee of the U.S. Board on Geographic Names doesn’t like apostrophes. Visitors to Harpers Ferry or Pikes Peak might not realize it, but anyone aspiring to name a ridge or a swamp after a local hero will soon find out.
‘In this Adirondack town, pop. 1,219, a move is on to put a mountain on the map in honor of James Cameron, who settled here in 1773. There is some dispute as to which mountain, and whether to call it Jimmy’s Peak, Jimmie’s Peak or James’ Peak. But there is no opposition to the apostrophe—except from the government…’
Companies that don’t care about your online rights
…And those which do
Authorship and Plagiarism
How a Blogging Community Can Help Mediate Problems with Accusations
‘…We counseled Yvette to publicly face her accuser and be honest in how she got to her content. Then Allen Mireles stepped in and explained she had helped Yvette with the blog post and didn’t find an impropriety.
‘The guy said he didn’t buy it and went on flaming her.
‘That’s when I stepped in. I carefully, and professionally, took apart his argument and explained why we believed she did nothing of the sort.
‘But here is where the magic happened: The rest of you stepped in. You took him to task in the comments, you tweeted at him, and you made him feel very uncomfortable…’
Should citizen reporters and bloggers receive same protection as professional journalists?
‘The digitalization of the media landscape reinforces the global trend of freelancing by further expanding journalism beyond the ranks of employees in media institutions. Included in the supply of news today are citizen reporters and individual bloggers. While they may lack established forms of institutional gate-keeping, it is in society’s interests that they receive the same protection as professional journalists.
‘Digitalization also means that more and more information is transmitted and stored online…’
Mike Masnick Amazed at Ignorance in copyright hearing
‘Impressive to see Rep. Judy Chu misrepresent a whole variety of things in such a short period of time at #copyright hearing.’