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It has been seventy years since the “Day of Infamy” – December 7, 1941. On that day, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, propelling the United States fully into World War II. For an entire generation of Americans, the world changed forever.
Today, later generations may wonder how it felt to experience firsthand such a pivotal moment of history. Twenty years ago, Michigan History Magazine provided some insight. The Magazine‘s November/December 1991 issue contains reminisces on that fateful day.
Source : Bob Garrett, "Remembering Pearl Harbor", Seeking Michigan, December 6, 2011.
Yellow oleomargarine could be sold in the state. Because of opposition from the state's dairy industry, citizens of Michigan had to pass a statewide referendum to allow the sale of yellow oleomargarine.
Source : Historical Society of Michigan
On December 7, 1945, former Michigan Governor Chase S. Osborn volunteered Sugar Island, on the eastern tip of the Upper Peninsula, as the home of the United Nations. Unfortunately another island - Manhattan - was selected.
Source : Michigan Every Day.
Catching Up With Shirley Johnson: Longtime Republican Leaves GOP
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Nesbitt Supportive Of Concepts In Landline Bill As Committee Prepares To Meet
The chair of the House Energy and Technology Committee, Rep. Aric Nesbitt, said Friday he backs the concepts behind a bill that would streamline the process for a phone company to end landline service in an area, but is reviewing the legislation to ensure "it accomplishes what needs to be accomplished."
Study Shows Need For Mental Health Care In State
With nearly a quarter of the state's population saying they had been diagnosed with either depression or anxiety, a study finds that most primary care physicians report having trouble finding mental health care for their patients, a problem that could grow worse as the federal Affordable Care Act allows for mental health care parity.
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Lottery players bought nearly $2.5 billion worth of tickets in fiscal 2012-13, the Michigan Lottery Bureau announced Friday, which generated more than $734 million in funding for the state's School Aid Fund.
Senate Democratic Women Fight Abortion Insurance Proposal
Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer and colleague Sen. Rebekah Warren on Friday announced a petition fighting the Right to Life-backed initiative pending in the Legislature to prohibit insurers from automatically including abortion coverage in their policy. The petition can be signed through Facebook or directly online.
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Appeals Court: Sole Property Owner Cannot Have Road Abandoned
Because state law says at least seven freeholders of land must sign a petition to abandon a road, seven freeholders must then sign such a petition even if only one entity owns all the land around the affected road, the Court of Appeals held Friday.
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #52, Report 238, December 6, 2013. Full access requires a subscription or a visit to a subscribing library such as the Michigan State University Main Library.
Stephanie Lenz’s effort to hold Universal Music Group accountable for abusing the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) to take down a home video of her toddler “dancing” to Prince in the kitchen is one step closer to fruition. Today, EFF and co-counsel Keker & Van Nest LLP filed an opening brief on behalf of Ms. Lenz in the federal Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. And, as we explain in the brief, the case concerns whether Internet users—from Ms. Lenz to remix artists to scholars to documentary filmmakers—have any real protection against wrongful accusations of copyright infringement.Privacy info. This embed will serve content from youtube.com
Over the years, the case has garnered a great deal of media coverage. One reason for the interest is that Ms. Lenz was accused of infringement for doing something parents do all the time: documenting and sharing precious moments in the lives of their children. And it was not infringement: Ms. Lenz’s video was an obvious fair use, and protected expression under the First Amendment. Unfortunately, Universal's takedown policy was blind to fair use, and, therefore, guaranteed to result in these kinds of takedowns.
Section 512(f) of the DMCA is supposed to prevent this kind of abuse, by allowing users to hold copyright holders accountable when they misrepresent, in a DMCA notice, that the copy posted online is infringing. Universal claims that Congress never intended to require content owners to consider fair use before sending such notices.
Universal is wrong. When it passed the DMCA, Congress didn’t intend to give copyright holders a broad power to make other people’s speech disappear, without robust protection against abuse. That’s why Congress required copyright holders to consider whether a given use is authorized by law, as well as whether the copyright owner or its agent gave permission.
The brief also urges the Court to clarify that the sender of a takedown notice is required make reasonable determinations about the law. In other words, if a copyright holder is going to claim someone violates copyright law, it should first have some idea of what qualifies as a violation. Too often, we have seen copyright owners send takedown notices informed by only the vaguest notion of what actually qualifies as infringement. As we explain:
A law that grants a private actor the power to do what even a court cannot—cause the prior restraint of speech based on a purely ex parte review—alters not only the traditional contours of copyright protection but of our fundamental free speech doctrines. Such a law can only be tolerated, if at all, if the exercise of that power is tied to an obligation to understand what the law is, and to make reasonable assertions based on that understanding.
Ms. Lenz’s case offers the Ninth Circuit an opportunity to confirm that the DMCA balance remains what Congress intended and what the statute plainly provides. Let's hope the court takes it.var mytubes = new Array(1); mytubes = '%3Ciframe src=%22http://www.youtube.com/embed/N1KfJHFWlhQ?rel=1%26amp;autoplay=1%26amp;wmode=opaque%26?autoplay=1%22 width=%22400%22 height=%22250%22 class=%22video-filter video-youtube vf-n1kfjhfwlhq%22 frameborder=%220%22%3E%3C/iframe%3E'; Files: lenz.opening.public.pdfRelated Issues: Free SpeechIntellectual PropertyDMCARelated Cases: Lenz v. Universal
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If House Republicans are looking for some Democratic votes to help ease Right to Life's initiative on abortion coverage through the chamber next week, they likely won't find many.
While about seven House Democrats may vote for some Right to Life causes, that number is much smaller when it comes to the particular proposal now facing the Legislature. The proposal, which comes through the state's initiated law process, would require that women purchase insurance coverage for elective abortions through optional riders outside of their basic plans.
According to a handful of House Democrat sources, there may be only two or three caucus members still considering voting "yes" on the proposal. And there's chatter that the caucus may take an official position against it.
For the full article, see "How Many House D's Would Back Right to Life Initiative?", Inside MIRS Today, December 6, 2013.
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