Are Facebook and YouTube Part Of The Piracy Problem?

Facebook logoThe rules, as far as pirating content on either Facebook or YouTube goes, I find very odd and very inconsistent.  For instance, five or six months ago, I posted a video that I made from a trip to the National Air and Space Museum.  I filmed some of the exhibits and set them to music–Cy Curnin’s Strange Ways, a most awesome song from an even more awesome albumand posted the video to Facebook, when it was soon pulled.

I later learned that this was because of the musical accompaniment.

Now my question is: I clearly didn’t ask Curnin to use his song, though is that the same as ‘stealing’ content?

And isn’t stealing in some ways is similar to murder, in that you can’t murder someone by accident (though you could not intend to kill someone, which the law recognizes as manslaughter– despite its obviously patriarchal origins).

Though back on point, considering that I purchased the music that I used in the video, wasn’t my usage only an extension of the rights that accompanied that purchase in the first place?

Or do I, as someone who’s actually purchased the song, have any rights at all as far as its usage goes?

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Unfriended – Trailer

Gotta say, I like where this trailer is going.  Levan Gabriadze’s Unfriended looks pretty interesting and very much in the vein of The Den (if you haven’t seen it, it’s on Neflix, so check it out!).

We’re also lucky that someone decided that the original title of Cybernatural was pretty hokey–that may not have been the primary motivation for changing it, though it is–unless you’re taking about a sequel to Johnny Nemonic or something.

Unfriended seems to revolve around cyberbulling–a very real problem–among a small circle of friends, which causes one of them to kill themselves.

Or did she?  The group receives messages from the Facebook account of the dead person, which seems to indicate that whomever is on the other end of the account not only knows that one of their number instigated a suicide, but they’re willing to kill to find out which member of their group did it.

Unfriended looks like it’s relatively low-budget, in the vein of Blumhouse productions.

Though anything that makes Facebook interesting, I’m game.

This Movie Is “Antisocial,” Though Don’t Watch It Alone

The Social Redroom is a fictitious social networking site that’s similar to others that you may already be familiar to, like Facebook.  And like Facebook, The Social Redroom (which coincidentally(?) reminds me of ‘redrum;’ ‘murder’ spelled backwards) also does experiments on its users without their knowledege, all in an effort to find what it is that makes users ‘tick.’

But what happens your their efforts go seriously awry (which if you’ve seen the movie is probably the understatement of the decade)?

That’s the idea at the heart of Antisocial–it’s probably not a coincidence that the title is similar to David Fincher’s movie, The Social Network, though what’s a bit odd is that it in a way covers similar subject matter (without the physical violence, though there was plenty of the psychic variety).

It’s a conceit that works remarkably well because the ideas that animate the movie are familiar to anyone with even a passing understanding of how human nature, capitalism and the Internet work.

It’s also not a gratuitously gory movie, though I’d be lying if I said that there weren’t body fluids of the red variety shed.  And speaking of gore, most of it is deliciously practical, which isn’t to say that there isn’t CGI, though it’s not gratuitous.

What’s also surprising is how well-acted this movie is.  There’s none of that wink, wink, nudge, nudge stuff at one end of the spectrum, or histrionics at the other.

Just people caught up in circumstances way, way, way beyond their control.  It’s a trip.  I haven’t felt this positive about a horror film since The Den.

It’s that awesome.

Kudos all around for director Cody Calahan, who also co-wrote the movie with Chad Archibald, though I’d be amiss if I didn’t mention that the exemplary lighting by Jeff Maher and the music by Steph Copeland.

And what every you do, get off the damn computer.  Go outside and perhaps spend a little time with someone you love because The Social Redroom is coming, and it’s a killer.

Antisocial is currently on Netflix.


The FriendFace of Facebook

I have never been a fan of Facebook, though I have always had difficulty explaining why I feel that giving someone such complete control of everything that I post is (somehow) not a great idea.  This reticience coupled with a company that is looking to monetize as much of its users experience as possible isn’t a good mix, as far as I am concerned.

Leave it to “The IT Crowd” to put my feelings in a concise, entertaining manner.


I don’t own a cellphone.  This is partially because I don’t see the need to be reachable by anyone, virtually any time.  I have a landline, so if you’re                           calling me because your house is on fire, don’t! Hang up and call the Fire Department because they’re much better equipped to help you than I am.

Then there’s the people who walk around with an earbud, seemingly talking to themselves like crazy persons; crazy persons that sometimes speak so loudly that you find yourself being dragged into their conversation, which doesn’t appear interesting enough to engage two people, never mind three.

I also don’t have a Facebook account (‘Screenphiles’ does, though that wasn’t created by me, so I am still cherry) because I don’t trust it.  Then there’s “The Social Network,” where Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) seems to make millions primarily from being a bit of a douche.

That’s not surprising, but to see someone apparently become so successful by (seemingly) screwing over his friends doesn’t inspire confidence because if that’s the way he treats people he knows…

What does that have to do with anything?  Well, Marvel is having an early screening of “The Avengers” for Facebook fans, which implies to me that somehow having a Facebook account makes them somehow more worthy.

Now, keep in mind that I would feel a bit differently if I trusted Facebook enough to get an account, but there you go.

Final Cut Pro X

Apple’s Final Cut suite of professional editing programs have been used on films from the Coen brothers remake of “True Grit” to “(500) Days of Summer”.  According to Facebook, in 2007 49% of films made were edited with the application.

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The Flip Camera Is No More

Cisco announced that they will be retiring their Flip Camera line.  Gizmodo posted a small piece discussing the logic in retiring the portable mini-HD cameras that were able to fit in a back pocket and allow users to record video anywhere they went.

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