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27 Mar 13:00

In regards to the Black Pussy debacle

by BreadGod
Arnvidr

Never heard of this before, but will give them a listen now. No idea who is really reacting to such a name. As mentioned in the first paragraph it's pretty tame, and quite innocent in my estimate.


There is a stoner metal band called Black Pussy. No, the name has nothing to do with black cats. It's a reference to a Rolling Stones song called "Brown Sugar", which is an anti-slavery song. Given how politically incorrect the metal scene is, a band calling themselves Black Pussy seems pretty tame. You wouldn't think it would rustle any jimmies. But you'd be wrong.

It all started with this petition created by a woman named Margot Goldstein which demanded that the band change their name or else they will be boycotted. Why? Because "muh feels", that's why. She doesn't have an actual argument. All she does is cry "MUH SOGGY KNEE" over and over again. At first the petition only had around 300 signatures, but then the story got picked up by The Daily Dot who regurgitated the narrative about soggy knees and how the band should be ashamed of calling themselves Black Pussy because of reasons. After that story was published, the petition got another one thousand signatures. That may sound like a lot, but the people who signed that petition likely have no intention of ever listening to Black Pussy's music even if they change their name, so their signatures are meaningless.

One of the members of the outrage brigade thought the petition wasn't accomplishing anything, so that individual decided to take matters into their own hands by threatening violence against them should they play at Raleigh, North Carolina. The band, fearing for the safety of those who would be at the venue, chose to cancel the gig. I talked about this concept before. When people are taught that they have a right not to be offended, they react violently to people who offend them. This band is just trying to promote peace and love through their music, yet some asshole threatens violence against them simply because they don't like the name.

The metal press's reaction to this affair has been disappointing to say the least. MetalSucks and Metal Injection took the spineless position of "Oh, we can see both sides of the issue." No other metal sites are really talking about it. The only ones who ever bothered to defend the band were various libertarian sites. I'm here to say that which metal journalists refuse to say. You don't have a right not to be offended. Bands are free to name themselves whatever they want, and if you don't like their name, then tough shit. I'm sure social justice warriors will bring up the tired arguments about how Black Pussy's name will trigger people and dehumanize them and shit like that. Well, guess what? If you're so pathetically weak that a band's name is enough to make you have a panic attack, then you're gonna suck at life.

One thing I've noticed throughout all of this is that most of the people who are getting offended over the band's name are white people. I have a few questions I want to ask the outrage brigade: Why are you coddling black people? Why are you treating them as if they're helpless infants who needs to be protected from the dangers of the real world? Why are you assuming that the name Black Pussy is offensive to all black people? Why are you assuming that all black people think the same? Why do you feel the need to speak for them and get offended on their behalf? And lastly, why are you all so fucking retarded? I'm pretty sure you'll call me "ableist" for asking that last question but I don't care.

Black Pussy released their latest album Magic Mustache last month. You should check it out. I don't really listen to stoner metal, but I like this. If there's one good thing to come out of this controversy, it's that it's the best free publicity the band could have ever hoped for.

26 Mar 07:24

March, 26th

Arnvidr

Dafuk is happening here, where's my spring? Today, ALL busses are cancelled because of "snow chaos". That never happened before...



March, 26th

25 Mar 11:19

No Copyright Lives Forever: How The Apathy Of IP Rights Holders About Their Copyrights Killed A Game Re-Release

by Timothy Geigner
Arnvidr

Well that was ridiculous. And when I saw the headline I thought it was going to be yet another story on TxK, so now I'm depressed.

If you were gaming on a PC just after the turn of millennium, you likely fondly remember the classic game No One Lives Forever. A genre turning first-person shooter that featured a strong, reasonably dressed female hero and a setting inspired by 1960's spy films was received incredibly well by both critics and fans. And, because retro PC gaming continues to have a strong following, any of you that know what we're talking about here are probably thinking you'd like to fire up a copy of No One Lives Forever on your updated machine and give it another go. Well, you can't. You should be able to, but you can't. And you have a complicated web of copyright and trademark rights-holders to thank for it.

Even if you're a fan of retro-gaming, you may not be familiar with the company Night Dive Studios. Night Dive is the group that buys up the rights to older games, optimizes them for new machines, and then re-releases them on Steam and other outlets like GOG.com. They've done this with big-name titles in the past and they really wanted to do the same with No One Lives Forever and its sequel. And, because this is a reputable business we're talking about, they decided to secure the rights for the game first. And that's where it all went to hell.

Night Dive's detective work began with tracking down and speaking with the game's original developer and publishers. That meant getting in touch with the three main players: Warner Bros., Activision, and 20th Century Fox.

NOLF and its sequel were developed by Monolith, who are now owned by Warner Bros., under whom they released the acclaimed action game Shadow of Mordor just last year. NOLF was made using a framework called the LithTech engine, which is also now owned by Warner Bros. However, the first game was published by Fox Interactive, and there's a question of whether 20th Century Fox or even Activision might have partial rights to the series, due to Activision's 2008 merger with Vivendi, a separate media company that had acquired Fox Interactive in 2003.
Here's where this gets really depressing. Because the game was released in an age before digital document filing was in widespread use, the rights contracts and paperwork we're talking about here are all literally paperwork. And, after communicating with Activision, Fox, and Warner Bros., the response from all three was to essentially state, "We don't really know if we have any rights here, and we aren't going to look for the paperwork to make sure, but if you make the game and it turns out we do have those rights you'll be facing legal action from us." Keep in mind, this was the response from all three publishers who would take legal action concerning rights all three couldn't be bothered to determine if they even had. You can imagine how frustrating that must be when, like Night Dive's Larry Kuperman experienced, you just want to re-release a game and nobody can tell you who owns it. Take Kuperman's interaction with Activision, for instance, to get an idea of how absurd this all is.
"So we went back to Activision and, [after] numerous correspondence going back and forth, they replied that they thought they might have some rights, but that any records predated digital storage. So we're talking about a contract in a box someplace." Kuperman laughed. "The image I get is the end of Indiana Jones… somewhere in a box, maybe in the bowels of Activision, maybe it was shipped off to Iron Mountain or somewhere. And they confessed, they didn't have [their] hands on it. And they weren't sure that they even had any of those rights."
In a sane world, intellectual property rights that a company can't be bothered to find out if they even have shouldn't be rights that can then be sued over. Either they're important or they aren't, and if they're important they should be maintained.

The upshot of this is that Night Dive discovered that, surprisingly, nobody owned the trademark for the game, so they filed a claim to it. Months later, Kuperman found out that Warner Bros. had filed an opposition to get an extension on the time they could use to determine if they had a trademark claim to the name. Again, they didn't know if they had the rights, but they wanted to find out just to see if they could enforce legal action with them. The trademarks and other intellectual property would be used solely for legal action, as it quickly became clear that none of the companies involved had any interest in actually helping Night Dive re-release the game, even if they could have made money off of the arrangement.
We wanted Warner involved with this," Kuperman told me, "so we said, there's two ways we could work together. First, and our preference, is that we would do a licensed deal. We would pay them some amount of money up front to show that we're serious, and then we would give them a backend share of revenues. And if that didn't work for them, if they wanted to be the publisher of record, we'll still do the development and the optimization of the game, and instead of our giving them a backend share, [they] give us a backend share. In either case, it seemed to us that they were gonna be making money that they wouldn't have been making otherwise, with a minimum amount of effort. We weren't meeting with a lot of enthusiasm. In fact, most of the phone calls were like, 'That'll probably never happen.'"
Activision and Fox responded similarly, saying they weren't sure if they had any rights but not offering any kind of permission to move forward and retaining the option of legal action if Night Dive re-released the game. Keep in mind, please, that this frustrating nonsense is all the result of Night Dive attempting to do the right thing and license the game properly. And, for those efforts, they even got a legal threat from Warner Bros., because apparently nobody over at Warner bothers to talk between departments.
Then, in December of 2014, Kuperman and Kick heard from a lawyer representing Warner Bros. Kuperman explained: "Steve [got] what I like to call, the legal term for it is a 'Scary Letter.' It comes from an attorney representing Warner Bros. and basically says they're aware of our filing for trademark, that they had contested that, and that if we went forward, specifically with a new version of No One Lives Forever, without doing a new deal with them, we would be infringing their rights and the hammer would fall."
And that was after Night Dive had been desperately trying to do such a deal and meeting with nothing but questions over whether any of these rights Warner's lawyer mentioned even existed. Warner further followed up saying they were no longer interested either in working with Night Dive to publish the game or publish it themselves, meaning Warner Bros. has made the conscious decision to let No One Lives Forever die off for good. Night Dive says it has given up the attempt and gamers who wanted a legitimate way to get a beloved old game are forced down the roads publishers claim are evil.
The people at Night Dive have ceased their attempts to re-release No One Lives Forever. They now control the trademark, but without a game to use it on, they're going to let it lapse. No One Lives Forever will remain unavailable on digital stores, and modern gamers who want to play the games will have to either track down scarce physical copies or resort to illegally torrenting them.
Intellectual property: important enough to publishers that they'll use it to kill off the attempt to release an old game, but not important enough to know if they actually have the rights to begin with.

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25 Mar 05:00

Comic for 2015.03.25

Arnvidr

Actual laughing out loud. Silly times.

New Cyanide and Happiness Comic
23 Mar 15:12

Hunting Witches av Forcefed Horsehead - Forhåndslytt

Arnvidr

We're releasing a new record next week, the whole thing is available for streaming on this page this week.

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Forcefed Horsehead kommer med skiva "Hunting Witches" 30. mars. Headbanger har fått muligheten til å la deg høre hele skiva frem til 27. mars.

Hunting Witches er en konsept-EP som spinner rundt heksejakt og de som jaktet hekser. Hvordan dukket idéen opp om å gjøre en konseptutgivelse rundt akkurat dette temaet?

– Det var Magnus, trommisen, som først kom opp med idéen. Det var i utgangspunktet ingen dypere mening bak enn at det hørtes ut som et konsept som kunne bli morsomt, og som man kunne skrive noen fine tekster om.

Skiva består av hele 13 låter, men klokker inn på under 13 minutter, og materialet er delvis improvisert. Kan dere si litt om låtskrivingsprosessen til Hunting Witches?

– Når vi sier at låtene er delvis improviserte er det fordi trommene er improvisert, og spilt inn i studio før ett eneste riff har blitt laget. Det å spille inn trommer før låten er fullstendig planlagt er en morsom teknikk vi har brukt tidligere, låten Alcohol fra Deux-skiva er laget sånn, og er noe vi sannsynligvis bruker igjen, men denne gangen ble altså trommene spilt inn «på sparket», mens det gikk en stoppeklokke.

Litt av konseptet var små, kjappe låter, noe som selvfølgelig kunne blitt noe som aldri ble verdt å gjennomføre, men denne gangen ble det plate av det.

Gitar og bass ble deretter laget på mer «tradisjonelt» vis, ved å prøve ut riff på de allerede ferdige innspilte trommene og se hva som fungerte. Ikke før gitar og bass var ferdig innspilt, og vokalen skulle spilles inn, ble hoveddelen av tekstskrivingen unnagjort, som da i mange tilfeller er skrevet omtrent samtidig som de ble spilt inn.

Kort oppsummert, et lite eksperiment fra FFHH-leiren som vi håper folk setter pris på.

Espen Geitsund

24 Mar 12:58

Stream Godspeed You! Black Emperor Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress

by Stereogum
Next week, Canadian post-rock superheroes Godspeed You! Black Emperor will release their new album Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress, the follow-up to 2012’s beautiful, overwhelming Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! We’ve posted an excerpt from the massive, crashing opener “Peasantry Or Light! Inside Of Light.” That’s one of only four tracks on the album, which clocks […]






22 Mar 16:54

March, 22nd

Arnvidr

Yesterday was summer, today someone tried to make a snowman.



March, 22nd

22 Mar 03:38

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20 Mar 02:30

Photo

Arnvidr

Who?



20 Mar 11:18

March, 20th

Arnvidr

Your solar eclipse is now buffering.



March, 20th

19 Mar 10:00

Seven Sixty Three

by Justin Boyd

Seven Sixty Three

Those shooting streamer things could put an eye out. Be careful when you get exact change, everyone.



bonus panel
18 Mar 07:01

Meeting People

by Doug
18 Mar 00:00

Upside-Down Map

Arnvidr

That's brilliant.

Due to their proximity across the channel, there's long been tension between North Korea and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Southern Ireland.
17 Mar 10:00

Ponder

by Justin Boyd
Arnvidr

Life, as it is lived.

Ponder

And sometimes, doing nothing is what makes you really need to do something. Something that isn’t nothing. Something that is an actual thing, like jax maybe, but possibly cooler.

–EMERALD CITY COMICON–

I’m going to be in Seattle in a little over a week and you should be there too! Table M-09 in Artist Alley!



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17 Mar 07:27

March, 17th

Arnvidr

The sun is up, but the sky has different plans.



March, 17th

16 Mar 17:53

Photo







16 Mar 16:44

Photo

Arnvidr

That's....disturbing.





15 Mar 20:49

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15 Mar 10:10

March, 15th

Arnvidr

New neighbour likes to peep in my windows.



March, 15th

15 Mar 02:16

Every goddamn time.



Every goddamn time.

15 Mar 14:00

Only the Brits Could be This Humorous and This Sad at the Same Time

14 Mar 19:27

Happy π Day



Happy π Day

13 Mar 06:15

#Megagamerzgate

by jon
Arnvidr

Let's fight the internet!

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The Megagamerz are back again to mix it up with things and thoughts! They are realer than real, wetter than fish. Don’t mess with Gamer1 and Gamer2 unless you like pork and punches.

Okay!

goat-rfv[1]

10 Mar 02:30

Frozach Submitted

Arnvidr

...what?

11 Mar 18:24

March, 11th

Arnvidr

Most exciting art sign.



March, 11th

10 Mar 20:00

March, 10th

Arnvidr

Yodaffe?



March, 10th

11 Mar 11:08

Norway's prison without bars: 'It's a trust thing'

Halden Prison tests the limits of humane incarceration and rehabilitation, greatly reducing re-offending rates.
11 Mar 13:30

Please, Respect the Grapes

wine should never be an inspiration for drunk dialing.

Submitted by: (via talmi)

11 Mar 02:43

Photo

Arnvidr

They're confusing.



11 Mar 04:53

All The Notes

by jon
Arnvidr

Butts.

2015-03-11-All-The-Notes

Aliens! Always with the eavesdropping and the anal investigation and the transgalactic benders. Whaddya gonna do.

OK kids! Have a great day or so.

civilserpents