Rick Shaffer’s “Modern Lie” Video Released

In every way possible America is being slowly destroyed politically, financially, medically, socially and environmentally. The controlled media barrages us 24/7 with nonsensical reporting of “news” that are deliberate diversion tactics meant to keep citizens from knowing exactly what is really taking place around us.

When it’s more important to rebuild Iraq, as our own infrastructure implodes, and people go hungry every day, it’s not hard to recognize the misguided plans of the self-appointed elite. When universal medical coverage can only be achieved if it includes tax credits for the rich there’s a major disconnect of reality.

The middle class has, and is, systematically being destroyed by the obvious agenda of creating two classes, the super-rich and the poor. Ask yourself which group you will become a part of in a two-class country. Sadly, most people are more interested in social media and their cell phones than the future of our country and environment. That is why it’s imperative that everyone in the U.S. band together to take the necessary action to “end the illusion” that this is the greatest country on the planet, when it clearly is not. It’s time to realize it’s all just a modern lie.

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WATCH THE “MODERN LIE” VIDEO ON YouTube

 

IT’S SIMPLE ►You Create It, You Own It.

The Internet is awesome for creativity and we’re fighting to keep it that way, make your voice heard HERE.

Rally and protect the rights of the creator and creative community, and help the U.S. economy by telling your elected officials at Copyright Alliance.

Japan’s Music Pirates Now Face JAIL Time

A new law has been passed in Japan that could result in jail time for people pirating music. Downloaders could face up to two years under the new definition of piracy as a criminal, instead of civil, violation.

Japan was already home to some of the more draconian laws concerning copyright violations; someone caught illegally uploading music or video can face up to 10 years in prison and a ¥10,000,000 fine (around $128,000). But the penalties fordownloading were comparatively mild: a heavy fine but no threat of incarceration. The updated law makes the offense criminal and now downloaders of copyrighted material can potentially be sent to prison in addition to being fined.

The BBC notes that the changes were pushed for by the Recording Industry Association of Japan. The organization has lobbied heavily for stricter file-sharing laws following a widely publicized 2010 study which found that there were almost 10 times as many illegal downloads in the country as legal ones.

Critics point out that the laws misunderstand the actual process of piracy; by using a BitTorrent service to download music, for instance, users will frequently also be uploading it at the same time, exposing them to a potential 12-year stay in prison. Such a sentence would be immensely disproportionate to one for a similar crime like shoplifting a CD.

Some also worry that the wording of the law might include such minor acts as watching a YouTube video that turns out to be violating copyright. Since the user technically downloaded a copy of the video to their computer, that could constitute an offense.

Copyright law in the US also prohibits illegal downloads, of course, but punishments for users who have pirated music and movies have always been limited to fines (although these can be quite high). Only extremely prolific distributors of illegal media and people selling it have been subjected to criminal charges and jail time.

Catching an offender in the act, whether in the US or Japan, however, is not an easy task: Privacy laws and well-known technical workarounds make avoiding detection easy for dedicated pirates.

► Devin Coldewey is a contributing writer for NBC News Digital. His personal website is coldewey.cc.

 

“Little Cisco” Licensed For DOUBLE BACK

Director, Christopher Kelley, has licensed “Little Cisco” for, Double Back,  a film short that uniquely contrasts a new romantic relationship, with a destructive relationship.  The ending reminds viewers to always expect the unexpected.  Double Back is the latest release by Kelley’s, Table Sixteen Productions.

Double Back premiered December 16, 2011 at Birmingham, Alabama’s Sidewalk Moving Pictures Film Festival.  Sidewalk festival entries are screened at nine venues located within Birmingham’s historic Theatre District, including the newly restored Albama Theatre, a 2,200 seat movie palace built by Paramount in 1927.

“Little Cisco” was written, performed and produced by Rick Shaffer and Bruce Cohen, and is track #2 on The Reds® album, Fugitives From The Laughing House.