Rob Beschizza

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"Naked Dating" contestant suing show for showing her crotch

On the TV show "Naked Dating", young men and women date in the buff to entertain viewers. One contestant, Jessie Nizewitz, is suing the producers after it failed to blur out a scene.

Best Dune Tumblrs

Omni Reboot's Esther Kim counts ten of the best [Omni Reboot]

No-one pays attention during conference calls

A study proves what we all knew: people on conference calls do anything but participate, be it sending email (63%), eating (55%), shitting (47%), fooling around on twitter and facebook (43%), playing video games (25%), or taking proper phone calls (6%).

U.S. Copyright Office says it won't register works by animals, plants or supernatural beings

The draft of its official practices, third edition contains a requirement of human authorship:

The U.S. Copyright Office will register an original work of authorship, provided that the work was created by a human being. The copyright law only protects “the fruits of intellectual labor” that “are founded in the creative powers of the mind.” Trade-Mark Cases, 100 U.S. 82, 94 (1879). Because copyright law is limited to “original intellectual conceptions of the author,” the Office will refuse to register a claim if it determines that a human being did not create the work. Burrow-Giles Lithographic Co. v. Sarony, 111 U.S. 53, 58 (1884). The Office will not register works produced by nature, animals, or plants. Likewise, the Office cannot register a work purportedly created by divine or supernatural beings, although the Office may register a work where the application or the deposit copy(ies) state that the work was inspired by a divine spirit.

The first example given of something the U.S. Copyright Office will not register is, of course, "a photograph taken by a monkey". The others are:

• A mural painted by an elephant.
• A claim based on the appearance of actual animal skin.
• A claim based on driftwood that has been shaped and smoothed by the ocean.
• A claim based on cut marks, defects, and other qualities found in natural stone.

Registration with the U.S. Copyright Office is not required for copyright protection, which takes effect when a work is created. However, registration provides significant legal advantages, such as the ability to receive statutory damages in lawsuits.

Police in Ferguson ordered Amnesty International observers to kneel

Amnesty International says its delegation will remain in Missouri "until we have a clear picture of what is taking place on the ground, and we are able to work effectively with local activists on how to defend human rights at home."

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World of consumer debt collection "dark, labyrinthine, and extremely lucrative"

When a credit card bill goes unpaid for a few months, the bank sells the debt. To whom? These guys.

Glitch Dungeon

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A free puzzle platform game where, in any given room, certain code might not work, leaving you able to fall without dying, float without falling, etc. Frustrating fun! [via]

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Lego wishes it invented Minecraft

"Minecraft is digital Lego," says Lego marketing director David Gram. "We only wish we had invented it." This is mentioned in about the same breath as the phrase "core brand beliefs," a concise reminder why they didn't.

Time-lapse video turns airplanes into shooting stars

Milton Tan: "Ever wondered what it's like in one of the busiest airports in the world?...Shoot a timelapse of that, and you get transported to a sci-fi world with shooting stars breaking into the atmosphere."

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Huge grouper fish gobbles four-foot shark in single bite

Gimbb14, fishing off the coast of Florida near Bonita Springs, caught a black tip shark at least four feet long. As he tried to reel it in, however, a grouper emerges from the deep to claim his prize.

Child arrested after writing story about shooting a dinosaur

dinosafari"Investigators say the teacher contacted school officials after seeing the message containing the words "gun" and "take care of business," and police were then notified on Tuesday."

Hit-and-run suspect to victim: "Look what you did to my car"

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Ryan Hamilton might not have seen the Nissan Altima coming outside of his home in New Jersey. After all, it was 2:30 a.m. on a Sunday. By the time its driver had run him over, then run him over twice again in an attempt to get away, he probably knew it was there. And when the driver told him "Look what you did to my car," it's a fair bet he knew what had struck him.

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North Korea says John Kerry has "Hideous Lantern Jaw"

In a Korean-language press release issued Wednesday, North Korea said that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was a "wolf donning the mask of sheep," but cursed with a "hideous lantern jaw."

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Virginia braces for gay marriage

Unless the U.S. Supreme Court intervenes, same-sex couples may legally marry from 8 a.m. Thursday: "In Richmond, deputy clerks will be brought in to assist that city's marriage-license desk in anticipation of a large crowd."

Ballmer resigns from Microsoft board

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Citing his new duties as owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, etc., former Microsoft CEO Steven Ballmer is leaving the company's board.

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