Copyrights (and Wrongs?)
I’ve always been torn about The Internet Archive.
On one hand, as a writer, I feel like books shouldn’t be scanned and available for free on a web site, unless there are deals in place that make it legal. On the other hand, hey, free books!
The Internet Archive, which not only has a historical archive of books but also audio, video, and games, has existed for many years without much of a problem. But they created a National Emergency Library during COVID and increased the amount of books available to the public. Instead of just one or two copies being available to borrow, they made several copies available, and that irked many publishers. Several of them sued for copyright infringement and recently won their case.
The case has even divided writers, with thousands signing a petition supporting the publishers and thousands of others supporting the Internet Archive.
While this particular case only involved a certain number of books, it could lead to many if not all of the copyrighted books in the Internet Archive being removed.
It would be a shame to see the Internet Archive disappear or be rendered useless. At the same time, there should be some sort of fairness given to publishers and writers. Hopefully something can be done so online libraries can be treated like brick and mortar libraries and everyone gets what they want.
But don’t count on it. And this ruling might affect how digital/scanned books are lent out by regular libraries, which is already a dicey process.
The Webb Telescope has made some great discoveries, including what looks to be a giant question mark.
If your name is Adonis, Candy, Harvey, or Rex, have I got some bad news for you.
According to the Nameberry site, those are some of the most controversial baby names, for different reasons. A name like Adonis might be difficult for a boy to live up to; Candy is too sugary and inconsequential for a modern girl; Harvey conjures images of bad hurricanes and famous sex offenders; and Rex sounds too much like a dog’s name. Here Rex, come on Rex. That’s a good boy!
Barbie and Ken are becoming popular names this year, though I don’t know what would make the name Barbie a positive if Candy isn’t.
Of course, many of these explanations as to why certain names are bad are rather silly, but I’m still happy that Bob and/or Robert aren’t on the list.
Headline of the Week
RIP Jerry Moss, Shelley Smith, Johnny Hardwick, Frederick Eberstadt, and Dan Rosandich
Jerry Moss was the “M” in A&M Records (Herb Alpert was the “A”), home to The Police, The Carpenters, Peter Frampton, Squeeze, Supertramp, Janet Jackson, and many other artists. He died Tuesday at the age of 88.
Shelley Smith was a model and actress who appeared on such shows as The Associates, For Love and Honor, Magnum, P.I., and Murder, She Wrote, as well as hundreds of game show episodes. She died last week at the age of 70.
Johnny Hardwick was the voice of Dale Gribble on King of the Hill. He died last week at the age of 64.
Frederick Eberstadt was an acclaimed photographer whose work appeared in Life, Vogue, Women’s Wear Daily, and Town & Country. Before becoming a photographer, he founded the investment bank Eberstadt and Company He died last month at the age of 97.
Dan Rosandich was a cartoonist whose work appeared in The Saturday Evening Post, Reader’s Digest, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes & Gardens, and many other magazines and newspapers. He died in January at the age of 65.
This Week in History
Alfred Hitchcock Born (August 13, 1899)
My favorite Hitchcock films, in order: North by Northwest, Saboteur, Shadow of a Doubt (Hitchcock’s personal favorite of the movies he directed), Foreign Correspondent, and Dial M For Murder. How about you?
Dotto Canceled by CBS and NBC (August 15, 1958)
While Dotto (which had a daytime version on CBS and a nighttime version on NBC) wasn’t the first game show implicated in the quiz show scandals of the 1950s (The Big Surprise contestant Dale Logue and Twenty-One contestant Herb Stempel had come forward with allegations earlier), it was the one that got everyone to take the cheating seriously. Standby contestant Edward Hilgemeier Jr. found the notebook of fellow contestant Marie Winn backstage while she was on the air, and the notebook had the answers to the questions she was being asked.
Here’s Winn on Dotto. Host Jack Narz didn’t know any of this was going on and was cleared.
This Week in Saturday Evening Post History: Tax Quiz (August 17, 1957)
Of course we’d be able to answer those questions if we got them in advance!
National Lemonade Day
It’s this Sunday. Do kids still have lemonade stands?
This will be one of the last full weekends of the summer to enjoy a cool, refreshing drink. (Not that you can’t enjoy one when the fall comes, but lemonade seems like a summer thing, no?)
And I’ve linked to this Vermontucky Lemonade before, but you have to try something called Vermontucky Lemonade (the “Vermont” part is maple syrup, and the “tucky” part is bourbon).
As if Maine, Vermont, and Kentucky are really U.S. states.
Next Week’s Holidays and Events
National Radio Day (August 20)
Iconic American Restaurants Day (August 24)
Cheapism has a list of the 57 U.S. restaurants to try before you die (because trying them after you die wouldn’t be as enjoyable).
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