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Kotaku – Was PAX East’s Diversity Lounge A Success? I Asked People Who Went – It’d be great to see more of these at conventions.

GamePolitics – AbleGamers Raises Over $33K at PAX East 2014 – Great organization. Great to see this!

Kotaku – This Avengers Bruce Banner Figure Isn’t Always Angry – Really nice looking figure.

The Mary Sue – Young Women Are The Fastest Growing Demographic According To New Comics Retailer Survey – Good to hear retailers are backing up our stats!

Kotaku – Miyazaki Films Would Be Just As Pretty With Pixel Art – Very cool.

Bleeding Cool – BBC Sherlock Manga Getting An Official English Translation Shortly – Cool!

The Mary Sue – Several Women Arrested For Writing Fanfic In China – Huh.

CBR – ‘Fantastic Four’ Reboot Will Aim For Tone of Sam Raimi’s ‘Spider-Man’ – Hrm, could be interesting.

The Beat – Saga, Foglio Nominated for Hugo Awards – Congrats!

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Liverpool Sound and Vision – Aquaman, The Trench. Volume One

CBR – Superior Spider-Man #31

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Talking Comics – Wonder Woman #30

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It’s a new week and we’ve got a lot coming out of Awesome Con including interviews, video, photos of the show and general thoughts about its second year! Stay tuned.

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Bleeding Cool – Another Day, Another Hugo Controversy – If it is that easy to stuff the ballot box, should we take the awards seriously at all?

iO9 – The Most Astounding Cosplay From WonderCon: Day 2! – Some great cosplay.

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Talking Comics – Batman #30

Copyright and the Hugo Awards, A Perfect Example the System is Broken

Sunday night was supposed to be a celebration of ideas and entertainment with the Hugo Awards broadcast live for all to see on UStream. Instead, the celebration turned into a prefect example of the broken copyright enforcement system and why no new laws need to be enacted until policing the current ones are worked out.

After showing clips from shows such as Doctor Who and Community and right in the middle of the acceptance speech by writer Neil Gaiman, the live stream was cut off.  Instead it was replace with this.

We followed up with those who put on the Hugo Awards as well as Ustream, so far only one got back to us as to what happened. Chicon 7, who put on the awards, “did have permission to show the clips that they did, as have all recent Worldcons.”

To the best of their knowledge, a UStream ‘bot pulled the plug; it was not a complaint from a specific entity, but instead an automated system.  The awards organizers are investigating the matter and will have more to say eventually; however, anything more than that bit of information would be speculative right now.

What folks are guessing is that the take down was due to pre-programmed ‘bots from UStream that look for copyright violations, and unfortunately don’t understand nuances like Fair Use, which these clips would likely fall under even without permission. So far UStream hasn’t responded and four threads remain open on their website of the complaints.

Having “found” UStream soon after it’s launch and being one who really got it noticed in the political realm (I worked for Chris Dodd at the time and we were the first to employ the service), it’s unfortunate to see the service not more responsive, even with a “we messed up.” The tech companies aren’t like this, but with millions of pieces of content being uploaded and created daily, it’s a deluge their up against. With so much to currently police, many are overly strict, which this is an example of. Better to be that than dragged in court.

But, it’s an example that the system doesn’t currently work. There are massive issues that need to be solved before new laws are enacted. So many at that awards show backed legislation like PIPA and SOPA, but in this case, the laws already on the book bit them in the ass.

We’ll wait to see what else comes of this, but until simple things like this are solved, it’s a perfect example why new laws don’t need to be enacted, the current ones need to be better enforced to punish real criminals instead of ruining a night of celebration.

Breaking News! Hugo Awards Live Stream Shut Down Due to Copyright Infringement

The Hugo Awards this evening were streaming live on Ustream showing off the best in sci-fi entertainment, when the stream was suddenly shut down. The page the awards were streaming on states this was due to copyright infringement. Clips from shows were being broadcast during the awards ceremony.

This is just the latest example of DMCA take downs being thrown about too loosely and why this site will stand against giving the entertainment industry any more power when it comes to enforcing copyright protection. They clearly can’t handle what they currently have.

We’ll be following up to see if we can find out who made the infringement claim.

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Baltimore Comic Con has come and gone and a lot has come out of it, and some upcoming fun things for Graphic Policy Radio.  We’ll have some updates today of the coverage including the usual photos.  While you’re waiting for that, here’s the news you might have missed.

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