It had to come to this: failing newspapers all over the country are filing lawsuits against bloggers (big and small) who republish large chunks of their stories on their blogs.
We're not talking about your usual run-of-the-mill cease & desist letters or DMCA take down notices either. According to the LA Times, one newspaper has already filed 30 lawsuits against websites and blogs, including a small cat blog that has no ads.
Reporters and editors get understandably peeved when they see paragraph after paragraph of their work reprinted by competitors — regurgitation so extensive that there's no reason for the reader to seek out the original, even when a link is provided. [LINK]
If you're a small blogger who generously helps yourself to entire news stories from other media outlets, you should pay attention because you might be next.
"It took some blood, sweat and tears to get this material," said Mark Hinueber, general counsel for Stephens Media. "It's just wrong to then have some guy in his basement taking this stuff wholesale, selling ads around it and making money." [LINK]
Newspapers are laying off staff and shutting down all over the country. The few remaining papers are hemorrhaging money and they have decided something has to be done about the little upstart bloggers who are stealing their hard work.
The LA Times article provided tips for bloggers who wish to avoid future litigation: "...don't republish more than three paragraphs. Always name your source. Always link to the original."
Alicia Keys and her sperm donor Swizz Beaks were spotted in London's Heathrow airport this morning.
You can tell Swizz really loves her because this is what she looks like in the morning when she wakes up. Those die hard pimples are still hanging in there years after being hit with the best pimple medicine on the market.
Beyonce and Jay-Z (not pictured) were seen leaving Mr. Chow's restaurant in London last night. Former Destiny's Child singer Kelly Rowland is also in London where she might be a bigger star than Beyonce. Coincidentally, Kelly is staying at the same hotel (May Fair) that Usher checked out of over the weekend. I'm just sayin'.
One loyal reader emailed me to ask why Beyonce and Kelly haven't met up yet if they're both in London. He also wondered if I thought the recent get-together by Beyonce and Kelly in NYC was just a rumor manufactured by Bey's dad/manager Matthew Knowles. Honestly -- and I don't mean to sound harsh here, but I couldn't care less.
Last night, during the boring game 3 of the NBA Finals, I logged into my Twitter account to check my DMs and I noticed a few "tweets" debating if a certain celebrity Twitter account was real. The fake account was in the name of the Queen Bee, Lil Kim.
When I checked the page, I saw that she had about 26,000+ followers, but her tweets were extremely juvenile. So I tweeted other celebrities on Twitter, Monica (@MonicaMyLife) and Free (@MissFree), to see if the account was legit. But neither of them knew.
Finally, J.Peak of Peak Publicity (@PeakPublicity) got in touch with the Queen herself via text and she denied the account was hers.
But wouldn't it be truly awesome if that account really was her and she really was going in on other celebrities? Twitter would have experienced a melt down similar to the one that the Boston Celtics experienced on their home court when they lost to the LA Cry Babies.
Two weekends ago, I had drinks with industry insiders at a local bar. Everyone at the table agreed that it really was a young, confused Nicki Minaj in this video claiming she ate Remy Ma's box.
Though she will never admit it (and we don't really need her to since it's been confirmed) -- it shows just how easily Nicki can morph into different personalities like she changes her underwear.
When will Lindsay Lohan learn that the nation's laws are meant for her as well? According to TMZ, a monitoring service sent a report to Lindsay's judge early Monday morning, alerting her that Lindsay's SCRAM alcohol ankle bracelet showed evidence of alcohol consumption.
Judge Marsha Revel just issued a bench warrant for the troubled actress's arrest. In total, the report cited 5 offenses that violates Lohan's probation. The report was triggered early Monday morning, following Sunday's MTV Movie Awards.
If you recall, this same judge set Lindsay's bail at $100,000 two weeks ago when she failed to attend a progress hearing. The same bondsman who paid %10 of Lohan's bond the last time is pulling up to the courthouse to pay it again.
Lindsay will forfeit the $100,000 from her previous bail.
Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith's daughter Willow was the topic of discussion on numerous blogs and message boards today. People either love her eclectic sense of style or they hate it.
Personally, I LOVE Willow's style. At the tender age of 9, she has a keener eye for fashion than most women three times her age. Willow's swag is undeniable and she should be applauded for possessing the talent to put together so many different sophisticated looks at such a young age.
I see a career in fashion in this kid's near future.
On the other hand, singer Janelle Monáe is so fashionably impaired that her rider for what she would not wear during the cover shoot for 944 Magazine was pages long. I can just imagine what it said: no color choices and no originality of any kind!
Here's what Janelle said about her "decidedly-masculine, almost androgynous" blank slate look**:
“There are so many ways we can be sexy and confident. I am not faithful to any of the clothes that the world says I have to wear to be more feminine. Strength and femininity come from me, not my clothes.”
Pop icon Janet Jackson made a surprise appearance at the Gold Room last night for her boo Jermaine Dupri's Hip Hop Honoree Party. My sources tell me that Janet and JD are still an item, but she doesn't want anyone to know.
Why else would she show up at the Gold Room 30 minutes before he got there to surprise him? I'm told that Janet arrived at the club around 10:30 with her entourage, which included her gay dancers. She partied in a VIP room with her gay dancers for an hour before leaving.
Actress, wife and mom Jada Pinkett-Smith had some beautiful words to say about black women in her recent sit down interview with ESSENCE magazine. Jada, who graces the cover of the July 2010 issue, said:
“Lay your eyes on the beauty of black women! That’s the statement. The black woman is very spiritual. She is the ultimate mother, the ultimate of everything. We connect to all things. Lay your eyes on that.”
On her flaws:
“We, as women, have to love ourselves. Whatever you look like, you better be comfortable with it. … All my life black men have told me how flawed I am. People may look at that picture and not necessarily be able to identify my woes about my own body, but I have them. It’s just that I’ve gotten to the point where I’m like, ‘This is me’ and I embrace that. I’m getting older. I’ve got wrinkles in my face that I didn’t before, but it’s my face!”
On self-love and confidence:
Do you love what you see when you look in the mirror? Because I bet that if you love it authentically, everybody else around you will. They won’t even have a chance to see anything else, because you will have a shield of confidence around you. That is a powerful gift that God gives us that most of us rarely use.”
Ciara attended the LA premiere of The Karate Kid in Westwood, California yesterday.
Ciara showed up at the premiere with her bodyguard, right, who also doubles as her boy toy. That makes for an odd relationship. But Ciara is odd so I guess it works for her.
Will and Jada's son Jaden Smith attended the LA premiere for his movie 'The Karate Kid' yesterday. Mark my words: this little boy will be coming out in a few years. And then you will say 'auntie was right again!' Are little boys supposed to rock cropped silk jackets that look like it came out of his sister's closet? I didn't think so.
Singer Kelly Rowland, who is a huge star in London, was snapped arriving at GMTV Studios this morning with her entourage to pre-record her new single 'Commander' Live performance for tomorrow's show. Is Kelly the most beautiful girl in the world?
Ciara and La La Vasquez did lunch at the Newsroom in Los Angeles, Ca as they filmed La La's new reality TV show leading up to her wedding to Carmelo Anthony next month.
Hey Sandra, how are you? I visit your site everyday!! I see people always hating on Allen Iverson. He doesn't bother no one. You never hear about him fighting or going back and forth with no one. Besides that incident with his wife. I am a die hard Allen Iverson fan and I love him as a individual. We are all humans and we all make mistakes!! With that being said, no one says the good things that he does such as scholarships for kids to go to college, basketball and football camps for kids, celebrity events every year and etc etc. Here is a few pics of him taking his sister [Ieisha] to [her] prom Saturday. Plz post on your site.
I didn't know AI had a little sister. So I Googled Ieisha Iverson and I found this from the book Only the Strong Survive: The Odyssey of Allen Iverson.
What makes narcissists like Barack Obama stand out from other egomaniacs on the planet is that they are so emotionally defective that those who can't see their shortcomings are simply blinded by their artificial charm.
Narcissists use their charm to cover up for the fact that they have no empathy and no compassion for others. They project a false self to the world in order to hide the fact that they possess none of the endearing qualities that makes them human.
I believe you Kool aid drinkers call it having a "calm, cool exterior."
The way to call a narcissist out -- to make him show some type of emotion -- is to attack his fragile ego.
Narcissists both admire and fear intellectuals above all else because these are the people they feel they must measure up to. So if an intellectual -- like, for instance director Spike Lee -- says something like "it's time for Obama to go off!" -- then Obama feels he must oblige in order to protect that false self that he presents to the world.
So remember that as you watch Obama project blame onto the "talking heads" in the media, and defend himself for being so late to show compassion for people that he really doesn't care about.
And that "ass kicking" comment? -- well, that was for Spike.
Chris Brown was forced to cancel his European tour that was set to kick off in Glasgow on June 9th.
Last week I told you that no U.S. promoter was willing to put together a tour for the troubled singer in this country due to the backlash they would surely receive from enraged domestic abuse groups. Well, it seems the convicted woman beater won't be touring in Europe either!
Brown posted this "tweet" about an hour ago on his Twitter page. The coward then deleted it a few minutes later. But thanks to Twitter's slow as molasses server farm, the tweet was saved for a few minutes before being completely removed.
Ebony Exclusive: PRINCE Talks Religion, His Love Life & Much More Never-before-seen photos and the musical genius in his own words are featured
In a rare interview, the incomparable Prince grants Ebony unprecedented access within the inner courts of the famed Paisley Park, just outside of Minneapolis. During this 12-hour encounter, the musical genius opens up in his own way about topics ranging from his experience going door-to-door as a Jehovah¹s Witness and about his priorities regarding his relationship with Bria Valente. As the pop star approaches 52, fans can celebrate his life and music with this keepsake July issue featuring him in his own words and signature never-before-seen photos. Source
Loyal reader kelly emailed me these pics to point out Beyonce's obvious butt pads at the French Open yesterday. Check out the old geezers staring at her back like they can see the outline of the pads too!
Nicki Minaj and Drake were the headliners at Hot 97's Summer Jam 2010 at the Meadowlands Sports Complex yesterday in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Does anyone notice that Nicki Minaj's butt seems to be deflating? No doubt, this is because her new ringmaster manager Sean Combs told her to curb her reliance on the butt shots and just concentrate on her skills instead. I know... what skills?
They say rapper Nicki Minaj was laughing at pseudo-singer Cassie backstage because Cassie has a man that she can't publicly claim
Ludacris got a wet kiss from his lovely fiancee Eudoxie backstage at the Summer Jam.
Stehphen Hill, the pr0n actor wanted in the sword death of a colleague, jumped to his death after a police standoff on Saturday.
Hill is best known for playing Barack Obama in a DVD where he gets it on with a Sarah Palin lookalike -- this, according to Byron Crawford who owns an extensive pr0n collection.
SWAT officers say they spent the better part of 8 hours on Saturday trying to talk the 34-year-old down from the hill as he held a sword to his chest.
Hill was pursued to the rocky cliff in Chatsworth, Calif by police who wanted him in the death of 30-year-old colleague Herbert Hin Wong in Van Nuys. California. Hill had been holed up in a nearby home early Saturday when a neighbor recognized his car and called police.
Police say Hill jumped 40 feet to his death after they hit him with a "less than lethal" taser shot.
A nearly 25-year study shows that children raised in lesbian households have fewer behavioral problems than children raised by gay men.
But does this study really prove anything? Women are naturally more nurturing than men, aren't we?
A nearly 25-year study concluded that children raised in lesbian households were psychologically well-adjusted and had fewer behavioral problems than their peers.
The study, published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, followed 78 lesbian couples who conceived through sperm donations and assessed their children's well-being through a series of questionnaires and interviews.
Funding for the research came from several lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender advocacy groups, such as the Gill Foundation and the Lesbian Health Fund from the Gay Lesbian Medical Association.
Wendy Wright, president of the Concerned Women for America, a group that supports biblical values, questioned the legitimacy of the findings from a study funded by gay advocacy groups.
"That proves the prejudice and bias of the study," she said. "This study was clearly designed to come out with one outcome -- to attempt to sway people that children are not detrimentally affected in a homosexual household." Read more...
Chilean police have released surveillance video of murder suspect Joran Van der Sloot entering a hotel room with his alleged victim Stephany Flores Ramirez, 21, on May 30 at 5:20am.
3 hours and 20 minutes later, the security camera captures Van der Sloot leaving the room alone wearing a backpack and carrying a duffle bad that police believe contained his bloody clothing. He reportedly told the hotel clerk "don't bother my girl," and he said he would be back later.
Ramirez was found brutally beaten to death hours after the video captured her entering the hotel room with Van der Sloot. A tennis racket was recovered at the scene and is believed to be the murder weapon.
Van der Sloot was arrested after he crossed the border into Chile on Thursday (June 3). The bloody clothing was found in his possession and DNA tests are being conducted. His lawyer said the suspected serial rapist and murderer intended to turn himself in before he was captured, < *sarcasm>which probably explains his newly dyed blond hair< *sarcasm>.
R&B singer Tameka "Tiny" Cottle (Tiny & Toya) attended the 2010 MTV Movie Awards at Gibson Amphitheater in Universal City, CA with her fiance T.I. yesterday. Doesn't she look ravishing?! For some reason people think I'm upset with the royal couple for not inviting me to their upcoming nuptials. that could not be further from the truth. Even if I was invited I wouldn't go. But I love how people think they know me based on what I write on my blog, lol.
T.I. cut a dashing figure at the MTV Movie Awards yesterday. Some might say that life behind bars at the federal Penn has changed T.I. and he's not as "hard" as he was before he was locked up. But I think he has matured a lot since going in. T.I. is simply showing signs of growth as a man. Don't look for any similar signs of growth when rapper Lil Wayne is cut loose from prison later this year. That boy is a lost cause.
Sexy Halle Berry was spotted wearing a black tank top and grey jogging pants while running errands with a gal pal on Saturday (June 5) in Los Angeles.
NBA star LeBron James makes grown men look like little boys. The giant NBA MVP was spotted leaving Boa Steakhouse with music exec Jimmy Iovine (wearing cap) in LA on Friday (June 5).
Pop singer Lady Gaga was seen sporting her second ruined Hermes Birkin bag while running errands in Manhattan. The bag was studded with metal spikes all over! Gaga's first Birkin bag has multiple inscriptions that she collected while touring in Japan.
Rapper Jay Z and his wife, Burlesque singer Beyonce, attended the the Roland Garros 2010 French Open Tennis Tournament in Paris, France yesterday. I find it interesting that Jay Z can dress age appropriately, and even classy for white folks, but he shows the crack of his azz when he's around his own people.
The Jigga man looks more like Mr. Ed than a camel in this pic.
Rapper Waka Flocka posed with this 2Pac look-a-like at a music festival somewhere over the weekend. Aside from the fact that the 2Pac imitator looks ridiculous as hail, Waka looks like he needs to hit the gym fast.
"He said he's been fighting from day one - you decide..."
This video provides us with a timeline of events that occurred since April 20, 2010 when a fiery explosion on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 BP platform workers and sent the platform sinking 5,000 feet to the ocean floor. The explosion ruptured n oil well on the seabed, allowing 19 million barrels of crude oil to escape into the sea.
This timeline follows US president Barack Obama's activities since that fateful day 7 weeks ago. Accoridng to online reports, Obama knew about the devastating potential of the oil spill from Day 1.
The lapdog media has once again failed in its duty to inform Americans about the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 which gives the president (that would be Obama) complete responsibility for immediate action in cleaning up any oil spill.
Email swiped from Miss Jia's blog. Please direct all your complaints to the source...
Dear Trey Songz,
Hmmmm I was thinkin’…”How in the hell am I gonna start this letter?” It dawned on me! Trey…You’re an a-shole…a smug as-hole at that.
I just got done watching your interview with That Grape Juice (courtesy of MissJia.com), not only was I irritated by the fact that you had the unmitigated gall to be tacky enough to wear dark shades during the interview, I also felt that you didn’t sell yourself to me.
I would think that as an artist, every interview is a good interview…a chance for more exposure and limelight (ESPECIALLY since you’ve only been nominated, and never have received any awards. NOT A ONE). Instead you made me cringe. 7 mins into the interview, I had to cut the sh-t off. You seemed dis-interested and distracted and it made me dislike you EVEN MORE with your whole “I’m bigger than this interview” type sh-t.
The thing that sucks about all this is you have a voice, a very decent voice at that, but all you been selling is sex appeal. How has sex appeal NOT contributed to your success with your recent album? Wait…was it your baby oiled up image that sold the sh-t? I was sooo down for “Just Gotta Make It” and “I Don’t Wanna Leave”…still, I was down for you with “Wonder Woman” but I was giving you the side eye. With your recent album “Ready” all you can get from me…is a deuce! Sell your voice and talent, not your sex appeal. The comparisons to R.Kelly seem to be right on the nose. I wouldn’t be shocked if you came out with some “Trapped in the Closet” type of hype. Read more...
According to online reports, BP's latest attempt to cap a well gushing oil 5,000 feet under the surface of the ocean, is not producing the results that BP had hoped.
BP had hoped the cap would contain 90% of the oil. But the cap that was placed over jagged remnants of a pipe at the wellhead yesterday is only expected to funnel 1,000 barrels of oil a day to a ship on the surface. The government estimates that 19,000 barrels of oil per day continues to gush into the Gulf of Mexico.
Oil is still escaping around the cap due to a poor fit of a rubber seal at the bottom of the cap.
BP spent all of Thursday lowering the cap over a jagged pipe on the wellhead. The jagged edges of the pipe was caused by large shears which was used to cut the pipe after a saw got stuck in the pipe earlier this week.
This news does not sit well with environmentalists and company shareholders who are tired of BP's excuses.
Today, pictures of sick birds covered with oil blanketed the front pages of most of the nation's newspapers.
Here are just a few examples of today's newspaper headlines: