Church Super Bowl Parties and Other Copyright Infringements

The Guide One Insurance article titled “Touchdown! How to Enjoy the Super Bowl Without Copyright Infringement” contains valuable information for churches that invite people out to watch the big game through a live broadcast. Having a group of friends come over to your house to watch the Super Bowl on TV is different from inviting people out to the church to see it. The article explains the rules that were “clarified” in 2009. The commercial nature of having a Super Bowl party at church has specific rules that need to be followed to avoid copyright infringements. Surprisingly, they seem to be very easy to follow.

The serious nature of violating copyrights should be considered by churches on at least two fronts. Firstly, it would be a sin to knowingly and willingly violate the law. Secondly, churches that are prosecuted for copyright infringement issues may end up paying hefty fines or worse. Those FBI warnings on DVDs are not just there for show. Though the NFL now has some seemingly simple rules to follow for churches wanting to throw parties and have people watch the game live, those same churches should also consider other potential copyright violations.

Just because a person owns a DVD of a movie does not mean it comes with a right to show it to an audience at church. It also does not matter if it is an audience of two or 2000. The same goes for using any other creative work. Photocopies of pages from a book, using images downloaded from the Internet, or even playing music from CDs are all subject to licensing rules that can vary greatly from one thing to the next. Continue reading “Church Super Bowl Parties and Other Copyright Infringements”

Parents Beware of Vine

Have you searched for an article based on the question, “Should I let my child use Vine?” Maybe you looked for, “Is Vine safe for kids?” If so, this article is for you.

Vine is a social media service owned by Twitter. It allows people to upload or create six second video clips that loop when viewed. It has a potential for good use. According to the Wikipedia page describing the service, it was used to “document the aftermath of a suicide bombing outside the United States embassy in Turkey.”

The problem is that even though Vine’s policies expressly forbid pornographic content, that does not mean it will not be seen. Users can actually post anything they want. The algorithms that control uploading of videos do not stop a pornographic loop from being posted to the service. It is up to self-policing in the Vine community of users to report video loops that violate policies. Continue reading “Parents Beware of Vine”

CNET and Photo POS Pro Unwanted Extras

Have you ever been aggravated with free to use computer programs that install unwanted programs? Does your virus scanner pop up a warning that Photo POS Pro is a suspicious file or potential virus? The unwanted programs are often referred to as PUPs, or Potentially Unwanted Programs. They install with the program you want. Some installations permit you to reject the PUPs, while others do not. The PUPS are not necessarily malware, but they may be. Many are  just programs most find annoying. They are often adware that monitors your online activity to pop up ads while you are using your web browser.

I like using Photo POS Pro. It is a very powerful photo editing program that is available to use without paying money for it. However, I cannot justify updating it to its newest version due to issues of the extra unwanted programs, and that my Trend Micro Titanium virus scanner says the installation file is suspicious. I am not sure if it is CNET, or the company behind Photo POS Pro that is the problem. Continue reading “CNET and Photo POS Pro Unwanted Extras”

Dangerous Stuff at the Dollar Store?

I made the mistake of buying some bulbs at one of those stores where each item is a dollar. We bought some candelabra type bulbs for a ceiling fan light that were branded with the Sunbeam name. My thinking at the time of the purchase was how they were just bulbs, so what could be the problem? It’s not like I was buying food of some brand I never heard.

The reason I’m writing this is because there have been some television news segments and print stories touting the great buys that can be found when shopping at the stores where each item is only a dollar. Since the economic downfall, I have heard of the benefits and great deals to be found at these retail stores. However, maybe there are some things that just are not worth buying at a such a store.

The shelves are packed with items that appear to not be popular enough to get sold out at regular prices at other retail outlets. However, could there be another reason why the shelves are packed with products for only a dollar? Could there have been other issues preventing the products from being sold in other retail stores? I’ve seen products in mislabeled or misspelled packaging. That isn’t a big deal. Many things are made and packaged in China, so packaging typos are not a problem with the product.

My Sunbeam bulbs appeared to be in packaging that was okay. No issues with misspelled words was found.  In this case, it was the product that had a problem. The bulbs worked okay as far as lighting up but when I went to replace one that eventually burned out, the glue holding the glass bulb to the metal base had separated from the glass bulb.

The bulb was loose in the metal base. I checked the ones still in the fixture that were not burned out, and all of the bulbs had come loose from the metal bases. They were just being held in place by the bare wires coming out of the base of the glass bulb. I had to shut off the power to the fixture and use a tool to remove one bulb that came completely out of its base when I tried to unscrew it.

Take a look at the photos:

Failed Sunbeam bulbs from retail store where products are a dollar each. Two unused ones on left.
Sunbeam bulb base showing the glue.
Closeup of Sunbeam bulb with glass separated from metal base.
Closeup of glue in metal base of Sunbeam bulb.

I’m sticking to paper products and maybe a few other non-electrical products the next time I shop at a store where everything is a dollar. I wonder how those Sunbeam bulbs got to the store in the first place? Did Sunbeam or the purchasing department for the store know that there was an issue? This is a fire and electrical shock hazard. Sometimes a discount just isn’t worth it. It wasn’t just one bulb that had the problem.  All of the Sunbeam bulbs I put in the ceiling fan that were purchased at the dollar store had the glass come loose from the metal base.  Are we being sold products that are known by manufacturers or distributors to have safety problem? All I can say right now is buyer beware.