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Jan. 18th, 2010

A relaxed day. Did a bit of proofreading (nothing particularly exciting), washed my hair, did dishes, ended up deciding to walk up to Trader Joe's to get Cobweb the wet food that will feed her all the way through our trip at the end of the month. Shannon said, "If you want to swing by Taco Bell on the way home, I'll come with you." Well, a 2.5-mile walk with Shannon is much preferable to a 2.5--mile walk listening to a book about quirky hand-replacement surgeries and uncomfortable relationships with dogs and pets and whatever. I'm hoping to finish reading The Fourth Hand by the time we head out to Hawaii so that I have more more on my iPod for other books.

My bottom lip is being a literal pain. It's terribly chapped and keeps splitting and bleeding. When I kiss Shannon, his mustache makes me say ow ow ow. I put lip balm on my lip a few times a day, but it seems like constant vigilance is the only way to true vanquishing the problem. I'm not so good at constant vigilance when the topic is my own health.

I've been watching a lot of stuff on YouTube the past few days, and today Shannon, in what sounded like a disapproving voice, referred to, "All those illegal videos you've been watching." It hadn't occurred to me that they were illegal. I don't steal music, for example. So now I'm feeling all ethically torn: to YouTube or not to YouTube, that is the question. Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of feeling like a thief, or by opposing end them.

Okey-dokey. I'm a sleepy gal in Christmas pyjamas that were given to me by my mother-in-law. Perhaps I should go lay down somewhere instead of slouching over my computer. Good night. Pleasant dreams. I hope tomorrow is a great day for you and someone pays you a great compliment and your clothes flatter your figure and you really like how your hair turns out and you solve some big problem at work that has been bugging you for ages. And some unexpected, but welcome, gives you a big hug.


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Jan. 18th, 2010 05:22 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry, but I don't see the ethical dilemma. There is certainly copyrighted material all over YouTube, and my understanding is that YouTube takes it down very quickly when asked by a rightsholder to do so. This is why it's not uncommon to click a YouTube link and find out that the clip is no longer there. To me, this means that what is on YouTube is there for one of three reasons: 1) it's not copyrighted (so it's legal); 2) it's copyrighted, but the rightsholder is glad it's there (so it's supporting what the rightsholder wants done with the material, and thus legal); 3) it's copyrighted and the rightsholder isn't paying attention (so it's technically illegal, but the rightsholder has an easy remedy, should they choose to take it).

I write about ten letters a week to illegal e-book sites for my job, telling them to take down illegal material. My company doesn't have an issue with the people who download the books: rather we have an issue with the sites that make them available.

Does that help at all?
Jan. 20th, 2010 06:22 am (UTC)
I agree with the above comment
And some content producers are starting to distribute their stuff through YouTube on purpose.

It's not like you're downloading a movie off of BitTorrent and then burning copies of it to sell at a flea market. Plus, the price you guys pay for cable channels! You're supporting the film/TV industry as it is.
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