Warriors on having a new opponent in NBA Finals: “Finally!”

first_imgOAKLAND — When the Warriors’ team plane departs Tuesday for the NBA Finals, it will fly right past Cleveland on the way to Toronto.“Finally!” veteran guard Shaun Livingston said Monday.The Warriors finally learned their Finals opponent, but they’ve known since the playoffs began it won’t be the Cleveland Cavaliers for a fifth straight season. Golden State plays Game 1 on Thursday on the road against the Toronto … Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.last_img read more

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2019-12-20

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Can You Use Copyrighted Music on YouTube?

first_imgWondering why your video was flagged on YouTube? Let’s dig into music copyright, the repercussions for use, and easy ways to get quality music for your media projects.Ten years ago I didn’t give too much thought to using commercial music in my web video projects. Maybe it was because I was younger, or maybe it was because the web was younger and many people were uninformed. I was just starting my career as a video editor and my clients were often requesting commercial music in their projects. They’d request, “I want something that sounds like such and such popular band in my video.”The fastest route to get there was to grab those tracks, throw them in the edit and be on my way. I wasn’t cutting national TV ad spots. These were low profile, mostly web or closed network internal company videos. I wasn’t doing too much harm… so I thought.Since that time, there has been an increased public awareness around the legalities of using copyrighted music in video and media projects. Additionally, video hosting services, like YouTube and Vimeo have made it increasingly difficult to use copyrighted tracks without artist compensation… and for good reason.Napster, Copyright Awareness, and Consumer FearA quick look at how we got here…In the early 2000’s, music file sharing (pirating) among consumers flourished. Napster was joined by other popular apps like Kazaa and Limewire. In February of 2001, Napster had a record 26.4M users… incredible growth for less than two years of existence. And then the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), along with commercial artist labels, cracked down on these services. Users were being sued and served takedown notices. People got spooked… and rightfully so. Out of education (and fear) consumers backed off, paving the way for a successful iTunes launch that led to increasing usership throughout the decade. (In fact, it wasn’t until recently that iTunes song sales begun to decline.)YouTube and the Copyright Music PoliceToday, Spotify and other paid or ad-supported streaming services are leading the future of consumer listening, but leaving artists with far less revenue than traditional album sales. So, it only makes sense that music licensing is now an even more important revenue stream for musicians and their backers.  Chart from CNN Money / Forrester ResearchA recent industry article states:Many artists today earn more money from getting their music licensed than they do from touring and from actual sales of their music. – DottedMusicAs musicians have an increased need to protect the usage of their music, where better to start looking for offenders than YouTube.Not long after launch, YouTube began facing familiar pressure from labels and recording industry organizations to target the usage of copyrighted music. The public would soon get a new lesson.In 2007, YouTube launched a ContentID system to identify videos on their site that used copyrighted music. To date, the service has paid out over $1B to copyright holders by running ads against any videos that use copyrighted music. But ads running against your video isn’t the worst things that can happen. Let’s take a look at some of the recourse paths YouTube takes when dealing with copyright offenders.Videos with Copyrighted TracksToday, there are four outcomes when a track is flagged on YouTube. It’s up to the music copyright holder (not the offender) to decide how they’d like to deal with the unlicensed usage of their music in YouTube videos. In order of severity:Track the video’s viewership statisticsMonetize the video by running ads against itMute audio that matches their musicBlock a whole video from being viewed Chart from the Electronic Frontier FoundationMonetizing with ads may not seem like such a big deal (we’re all used to seeing ads on web video at this point), but it certainly won’t fly if you’re working on a paid project for a client. Just imagine you create a video for a client’s product, only to have a competitor’s ad running next to it.Muting the audio or blocking an entire video are terrible situations… no elaboration necessary.So, I urge you to take a hard stand on this. Educate your clients – even when they beg for a popular track in their video, let them know that it’s really not in their best interest. Respect the time and talent that goes into creating artistic work, and you’ll also benefit yourself.It took me time to understand the severity of this, but with increased public awareness and the support of video sharing services, it’s my hope that the next generation of video pros will respect copyright in their work… right from the start.Need music for your videos? Most independent filmmakers or video pros don’t have the budget to obtain recognizable commercial tracks for their projects. It’s with this in mind that we created PremiumBeat. Every track in our library is exclusive to our site, meaning NO flagging on YouTube or other video hosting services. Our Standard License covers ALL web usage for an infinite number of projects. Have a listen here!last_img read more

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2019-12-12

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Survivors centre fighting for survival

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Committee on Abuse in Residential Schools, or CAIRS, runs a drop-in centre in Whitehorse for residential school survivors.After funding from the Aboriginal Healing Foundation ended last year, it is now fighting to keep it’s doors open.APTN National News reporter Shirley McLean reports.last_img

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2019-10-14

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Alberta Securities Commission panel denies order against shortseller Cohodes

first_imgCALGARY – The Alberta Securities Commission has rejected a requested order to prevent American short seller Marc Cohodes from trading shares in or providing misleading information about Calgary-based Badger Daylighting Ltd.In an oral decision released Wednesday afternoon, the provincial regulator said staff hadn’t proved there was an urgent need for the interim order to control Cohodes’ activity while a full investigation is undertaken.“There are insufficient grounds for us to exercise our jurisdiction to make any orders … Accordingly, we dismiss the application,” said Thomas Cotter, chair of the two-member ASC panel.In a hearing on Wednesday morning, Calgary lawyer Andrew Wilson, acting for the California investor while he listened in by telephone, said the order requested by ASC staff was “deliberately rushed” and based on an incomplete evidence record.“Being a short seller is not unlawful. It actually does serve an important part in our capital markets,” said Wilson.“The public interest is not just Badger Daylighting. It’s much broader than that. It’s people who also want to say positive or negative things about companies and it’s understanding what role regulators are going to play in the market.”Short sellers sell a security they don’t own or have borrowed in hopes its market price will decline, enabling it to be bought back at a lower price to make a profit.Last week, staff for the regulator announced they would seek the order against Cohodes, an investor who has taken short positions in many companies including Home Capital Group of Toronto, because of statements he made about Badger. Those included a June 27th Twitter post containing a picture of a Badger truck as support for his allegation of its illegal dumping of toxic substances.The regulator said Cohodes has made numerous negative public claims over a period of more than a year, coinciding with the acquisition of his short position, accusing him of trying to artificially manipulate the price of Badger securities.Wilson said there’s no evidence that any of Cohodes’ social media statements caused Badger stock to fall in the short term and, furthermore, the stock has gained about 20 per cent since Cohodes began talking about it on Twitter in May 2017.ASC counsel Don Young countered that the interim cease trade order was needed to prevent Cohodes from continuing his “protracted campaign” to harm Badger’s reputation for his eventual gain and actual share price erosion wasn’t integral to the case.He said the order would give the regulator time needed to complete an investigation into the short seller’s activities, pointing out that accusing Badger of illegal dumping was serious given that proper disposal of material is a vital part of the hydrovac excavating company’s business.Wilson said Badger has the option of pursuing a civil case against Cohodes but hasn’t, suggesting it’s because his remarks are protected by free speech law in both Canada and the United States.Badger CEO Paul Vanderberg, who attended the hearing, said he would not comment on the outcome or the possibility of a civil suit against Cohodes.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies mentioned in this article: (TSX:BAD)last_img read more

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2019-10-13

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Lawsuit filed over fatal Army helicopter crash in Maryland

first_imgHARTFORD, Conn. — The widow of an Army specialist killed in a Black Hawk helicopter crash in Maryland last year and two other soldiers who were critically injured are suing Sikorsky Aircraft in Connecticut, alleging the tail rotor system was defective.The lawsuit was filed Monday in state court in Hartford by Spc. Jeremy Tomlin’s wife, Jessica; Capt. Terikazu Onoda and his wife; and Chief Warrant Officer Christopher Nicholas. The suit seeks unspecified monetary damages.The Sikorsky-manufactured Black Hawk crashed in Leonardtown, Maryland, during a training mission April 17, 2017.The lawsuit blames a major tail rotor malfunction. The three-member crew was stationed at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.A Sikorsky spokesman declined to comment. Connecticut-based Sikorsky is a division of Maryland-based Lockheed Martin.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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2019-10-13

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Michigans new attorney general to review pipeline deal

first_imgLANSING, Mich. — Michigan’s new governor and attorney general moved quickly Wednesday to review the legality of a contentious state deal to run an oil pipeline beneath a crucial section of the Great Lakes.Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced her request for a legal opinion from Attorney General Dana Nessel, a Democrat who welcomed the opportunity and expressed concern with a law that facilitated the agreement between the state and Canadian pipeline company Enbridge. Such opinions, while not the same as legal rulings, are considered to bind state agencies unless reversed by a court. Both Whitmer and Nessel had questioned the deal before taking office Tuesday.The Republican-led Legislature and GOP former Gov. Rick Snyder rushed to enact the law after Whitmer was elected in November. The new Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority then quickly approved the proposal to drill a tunnel through bedrock up to 100 feet (30.4 metres) below the more than 4-mile-wide (6.4 kilometre) channel that links Lakes Huron and Michigan. A new segment of pipeline would extend through the tunnel, replacing twin pipes that have lain along the lake bed since 1953. They are part of Enbridge’s Line 5, which carries crude oil and natural gas liquids used in propane from Superior, Wisconsin, through northern Michigan to refineries in Sarnia, Ontario.“There are serious and significant concerns regarding (Public Act) 359, which the previous governor and legislature initiated and passed without the care and caution one would expect for an issue that will have a monumental impact on our state,” Nessel said in a statement.Whitmer said resolving any legal uncertainty over the law, the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority and the panel’s speedy approval of the agreement “is necessary to assure that we can take all action necessary to protect the Great Lakes, protect our drinking water and protect Michigan jobs.”Line 5 has drawn fierce criticism in recent years from environmental groups, native tribes and tourism-related businesses fearful of a rupture that, according to worst-case scenarios outlined by university researchers, could pollute hundreds of miles of Great Lakes shoreline.Enbridge has steadfastly defended the pipelines, contending they are in sound condition and could last indefinitely. But with public pressure mounting amid reports of gaps in protective coating and dents from a ship anchor strike in April, the company embraced the tunnel option.Whitmer asked Nessel six legal questions, including whether a requirement that authority members serve six years or more violates a constitutional four-year limit for newly created commissions. She also wants to know whether the new law improperly made changes to a 1952 law.David Eggert, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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2019-10-13

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How The Thunder Can Become A Dream Team

Embed Code By Neil Paine, Chris Herring and Kyle Wagner More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On this week’s show (Nov. 22, 2017), Neil, Chris and Kyle take a look at how the recent injury to Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap will affect the team. Millsap will reportedly have surgery on his wrist and could miss three months. Next, the crew discusses why the Thunder haven’t clicked yet. After bringing Paul George and Carmelo Anthony to Oklahoma City last summer, the Thunder were anticipated to be a contender in the West. But it hasn’t all come together so far. We investigate what’s going right, what’s going wrong and how they might turn the season around. Plus, a small-sample-size segment on Lonzo Ball.Here are links to what we discussed this week:Keep an eye on our 2017-18 NBA predictions, updated after every game.Chris Herring wrote that the Thunder aren’t far from being good.ESPN’s Royce Young took a look at the still-developing chemistry between Russell Westbrook and Paul George. read more

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2019-09-28

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Report Conflicting reports indicating Trevor Thompsons NBA draft decision still up in

Ohio State redshirt junior center Trevor Thompson catches the ball on the block against Northwestern’s Dererk Pardon on Jan. 22 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jacob Myers | Assistant Sports EditorIndianapolis Star’s prep sports writer Kyle Neddenriep reported Ohio State redshirt junior center Trevor Thompson would be declaring for the NBA Draft, but other reports are now saying the Buckeyes might still have their big man next season. Although Neddenriep first reported Thompson would leave, the Columbus Dispatch’s Adam Jardy refuted the claim, and said Thompson’s father said the center would wait until after the season to make a decision.OSU could still play in the National Invitational Tournament if selected on Sunday.Former Ben Davis standout and Ohio State junior Trevor Thompson will declare for NBA draft, per his family.— Kyle Neddenriep (@KyleNeddenriep) March 11, 2017Despite the disappointing season for the OSU men’s basketball team had in 2016-17, one of the lone standouts was Thompson.He redshirted his first season in Columbus after transferring from Virginia Tech after his freshman season. In his redshirt sophomore year with the Scarlet and Gray in 2015-16, Thompson averaged just 6.5 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. This season, Thompson improved to 10.6 points and 9.2 rebounds per contest, becoming one of the premier centers in the Big Ten.Thompson registered 10 double-doubles and grabbed at least 15 rebounds on four occasions.After last season, Thompson took advantage of a new NCAA rule that allowed draft-eligible players to declare for the draft, but withdraw at any point and retain college eligibility, so long as the player didn’t hire an agent.OSU has two other centers on the roster in freshman Micah Potter and redshirt sophomore Dave Bell, but it’s likely that 2017 incoming freshman Kaleb Wesson will immediately replace Thompson should he not return to OSU.The Lantern is working to independently confirm.Editor’s Note: This article has been updated with conflicting reports. It was initially reported that Thompson had declared for the NBA draft. read more

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2019-09-28

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Men Kings of Valentines Day

first_img Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews Toast to the men… who also deserve to have a Happy Valentine’s Day!#MagneticMediaNewscenter_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 14, 2017 – It is Valentine’s Day – the day of love expressed with the purchase of candies including chocolates, marked with elaborate dinners and spa treatments and adorned in bouquets of fragrant fantastical roses.  Here is an interesting tidbit from the society of American Florists; In 2010  an estimated 198 million roses were produced for the Valentine’s Day holiday and men purchase about 75 percent of the 110 million roses sold in the U.S. at this time every year. The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

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2019-09-17

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Man arrested by Escondido police after crashing stolen car into car wash

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2019-09-17

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