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Fools' News, Digital Resale and Rape Rap

By Mike Breen · April 3rd, 2013 · Minimum Gauge
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Fools’ Day News

April Fools’ Day has become one of the toughest days of the year for those in the media. Unless you want to look like a total idiot, you have to quadruple-check sources to make sure the news you’re reporting (or aggregating) wasn’t just conjured up by some bored prankster. Most of the best jokes were tech-related, while the music-related hoaxes were a little more obviously false. Among the music pranks: The Guardian announced a pro-hunting musical being crafted by Thom Yorke and Ted Nugent; Sony announced a line of headphones for cats and other pets; and Andrew “Party” WK tweeted, “As of today, I’ve officially decided to never party again.”

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Digital Resale: Illegal

Another reason real record stores are better than cyber ones? You can’t resell the crappy digital records you buy to a used MP3 store.

According to The New York Times, a federal judge in New York ruled that selling “used” digital items like books and music infringes on copyrights. The case was inspired by ReDigi, an online site that allowed users to sell legally purchased MP3s to other users. While another recent ruling established the “first sale doctrine,” which said that the owner of a copyrighted book, movie or album has the right to resell it, when it comes to digital media, the rules are apparently different. So sorry, future you — that copy of Spice World is yours until you die. Or put it in your computer’s trash and delete it.

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Rape Rap?

Rapper Rick Ross has entered the national “rape conversation” we’re unfortunately having after things like the Steubenville High School football player scandal and stupid remarks from clueless Republican senators. Ross is suffering some backlash after these lines on Rocko’s Gift of Gab 2 mixtape from January — “Put molly all in her champagne/She ain’t even know it/I took her home and I enjoyed that/She ain’t even know it” — began making rounds. Ross was criticized by women’s groups, fellow rapper Talib Kweli and about 50,000 people who signed an online petition to have Ross’ Reebok endorsement taken away. His response? “Woman is the most precious gift known to man, you understand?” he said on Q 93.3 FM. “We don’t condone rape and I’m not with that.” Never apologizing, later in the interview, he defended himself by calling the statement “art.”

A response to the verse from activist Rosa Clemente:


 
 
 
 

 

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