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If you plan to post a Let’s Play video of a Nintendo game, remember this: Nintendo gotsta get paid. A GameFront report with Nintendo response reveals that videos which exceed a certain length could be bookended by advertisements from the company.
The “content ID match ” process allows for much worse: it could automatically block videos on a regional or worldwide basis. That’s not what Nintendo’s going for, according to its statement:
“As part of our ongoing push to ensure Nintendo content is shared across social media channels in an appropriate and safe way, we became a YouTube partner and as such in February 2013 we registered our copyright content in the YouTube database. For most fan videos this will not result in any changes, however, for those videos featuring Nintendo-owned content, such as images or audio of a certain length, adverts will now appear at the beginning, next to or at the end of the clips. We continually want our fans to enjoy sharing Nintendo content on YouTube, and that is why, unlike other entertainment companies, we have chosen not to block people using our intellectual property.”
It does mean, however, that the videos no longer produce ad revenue for their creators. Thomas Was Alone creator Mike Bithell argues that Nintendo is shooting itself in the foot.
“A new media for talking about games has emerged, which comprises an audience far in excess of existing channels,” Bithell wrote on his Develop blog. “This media is talking about your stuff a lot. Why curb it? Why dissuade those taking part in talking about how much they love you? Would you charge a celebrity for tweeting about how much they liked your game? Would you demand ad revenue from a game site for running a review?”
He says sales of his game increased eightfold from launch day when it was featured by YouTube personality TotalBiscuit. Would TotalBiscuit have made the video–and jumpstarted Thomas Was Alone’s sales–if he wouldn’t receive its ad revenue?
Of course, Bithell isn’t a giant corporation with its own marketing department. Do you think Nintendo was right to clamp down on its intellectual property, or is it a shortsighted move?
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Supreme Court justices on Monday evening sought laughs rather than legal clarity as they weighed a tragic case concerning a despotic Roman general and his overbearing mother.
The three justices were taking part in a mock trial at Washington’s Shakespeare Theatre based on William Shakespeare’s “Coriolanus,” a bleak tragedy set in ancient Rome that is currently being staged at the theater.
It’s an annual tradition for justices to participate in the event.
This year, they were Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Justice Stephen Breyer, Justice Samuel Alito and four appeals court judges.
In the case, prominent Washington lawyers Lisa Blatt and Seth Waxman represented a British-style tabloid newspaper and Coriolanus’ estate respectively. The estate sought damages for the newspaper’s attacks on the general.
The court ruled in favor of the newspaper. The margin was 5-2 in the fictitious libel case based on the play, with Ginsburg and the appeals judges in the majority and Breyer and Alito dissenting.
Breyer had his right arm in a sling, still recovering from a bicycle accident last month in which he fractured his shoulder.
All three justices entered into the lighthearted spirit of the event. Suggesting that life imitates art, Alito joked that when he reads the newspaper, “It’s impossible to separate facts from fiction.”
Breyer, meanwhile, observed that the only Latin he could remember from school was: “O ubi, o ubi est meus sub ubi,” which, when translated into English, sounds to a schoolboy’s ears like “Oh where, oh where is my underwear.”
(Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Howard Goller and Cynthia Osterman)
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SUNDAY March 24, 2013 — Lightning safety is an important issue for people who enjoy outdoor recreational and sports activities, according to the National Athletic Trainer’s Association.
During the past decade, lightning caused an average of 42 deaths a year in the United States and about 10 times as many injuries.
In 2010, outdoor recreational activities and organized sports accounted for 62 percent of lightning-related deaths, according to the National Weather Service. In 2011, those activities accounted for 48 percent of lightning-related deaths.
The National Athletic Trainer’s Association has released a position statement that outlines ways to reduce the number of injuries and deaths caused by lightning strikes. It appears in the March issue of the Journal of Athletic Training.
“All individuals, particularly those who are in charge of sports and recreational activities, should be aware of the hazards, establish and follow appropriate guidelines, and ensure that those around them do so,” statement writing group chairwoman Katie Walsh, of East Carolina University, said in an association news release. “Proper preparation and notifying participants of lightning danger is critical.”
Coaches, athletic trainers, parents, administrators and others involved in outdoor athletic or recreational activities are urged to follow these lightning safety policies:
- Create a lightning-specific emergency plan for each outdoor location.
- Ensure lightning and general weather awareness.
- Prepare planning protocols for large venues.
- Be equipped and prepared to provide first aid.
Anyone involved in an outdoor activity should be aware that safety comes first and that there are no penalties or repercussions if they feel there is a danger of lightning and want to find a safe location, Walsh said.
The threat of thunderstorms and lighting is particularly high from afternoon to early evening between late spring and early fall, which is when 90 percent of casualties occur, according to the news release. July is the most dangerous month.
For more on lightning safety, visit the U.S. National Weather Service.
Posted: March 2013
WebMD News from HealthDay
By Steven Reinberg
WEDNESDAY, March 6 (HealthDay News) — Grilled hot dogs and sausages may be tasty treats at ball games and picnics, but a new study of nearly 450,000 people finds that eating too much processed meat might shave years off your life.
Those who ate the most processed meat increased their risk of dying early by 44 percent. In broader terms, if people ate less processed meat, the number of premature deaths overall would drop by almost 3 percent, Swiss researchers reported.
“Our recommendation is to limit processed meat intake to less than an ounce a day,” said study author Sabine Rohrmann, head of the division of cancer epidemiology and prevention at the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine at the University of Zurich.
The researchers could only show an association between eating processed meat and an increased risk of dying early, and not a cause-and-effect link. There are, however, some reasons to believe the association may be real, the scientists said.
Processed meat is also treated with nitrates to improve durability, color and taste. “However, it also causes the formation of carcinogens. These are linked to the risk of colorectal and stomach cancer,” Rohrmann said.
In addition, high iron intake from meat may lead to an increased risk for cancer, she said.
Another expert noted that previous research supports the link between processed meat and health problems.
“A wide array of studies have linked meat intake to higher rates of chronic disease,” said Dr. David Katz, director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center in New Haven, Conn.
Eating relatively more meat likely means eating fewer plant foods, which protect against chronic disease, he said.
“The case for us eating mostly plants is strong,” Katz said. “But those inclined can eat meat without harming their health, provided they choose wisely and steer clear of bologna.”
For the study, which was published online March 6 in the journal BMC Medicine, Rohrmann and an international team of investigators collected data on nearly 450,000 men and women. At the start of the study, none of the participants had had cancer, a heart attack or stroke. The researchers also collected data on diet, smoking, exercise and weight.
By the middle of 2009, more than 26,000 of those in the study had died.
“Mortality is increased when we compare those participants who eat more than 40 grams per day of processed meat to those who have 10 to 20 grams per day,” Rohrmann said.
The higher the consumption, the higher the risk. “For the highest consumption group (those who consume at least 160 grams of processed meat per day) mortality was 44 percent higher compared with those who eat little meat (10 to 20 grams a day),” she said.
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