Republicans and Democrats Agree On Manhattan Project National Park, Manage Not to Vote It Into ExistenceWe've told you before about legislation in Congress that would make the laboratories that housed the Manhattan Project into a national park, commemorating probably the greatest gathering of scientific minds in the history of time and both the scientific progress (atomic energy) and sickening horror (the atomic bomb) that resulted from it. The Manhattan Project National Historical Park Act finally came up for a vote in the halls of Congress last night, and a majority of our great nation's elected represntatives -- 237 grown adults -- agreed that it should be a thing that exists, which, given the state of our political system today, of course means that the bill failed. Confused? We've got your explanation after the jump.Read on...
Tennessee Bans Posting “Offensive” Images Online
Signed last week by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, the new law makes it a crime to post images that can be deemed offensive online. Under the rule, the court would determine if a violator "should have known" that posting an image online would be offensive to someone, and thus, would hold said violator accountable, and could charge said violator with up to $2,500 in fines and nearly a year spent in prison.Read on...
Tennessee Passes Law Criminalizing Netflix Password-Sharing
Tennessee lawmakers have passed a law, since signed by the state's governor, which would make it a crime to use a friend's password to login to Netflix, MOG, or a similar web-based media consumption service, even with that friend's permission. Why Tennessee? Because Nashville is the capital not only of the state, but of the country music industry, which, like the broader music industry, is worried about revenue loss from illegal file-sharing. While the law isn't specifically aimed at the practice of friendly password-sharing -- lawmakers say its target is 'hackers and thieves who sell passwords in bulk' -- they acknowledge that it would apply to Netflix password-pooling. And the penalties aren't nothing: "Stealing $500 or less of entertainment would be a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine of $2,500." The likelihood of small-scale detection may be another matter, however:
Bill Ramsey, a Nashville lawyer who practices both entertainment law and criminal defense, said that he doubts the law would be used to ban people in the same household from sharing subscriptions, and that small-scale violations involving a few people would, in any case, be difficult to detect. But "when you start going north of 10 people, a prosecutor might look and say, `Hey, you knew it was stealing,'" Ramsey said.(via AP)Read on...