Pretty legal? If Steven Joyce was wrong, things could turn ugly in Eminem copyright case?

February 11, 2015

Alf has every confidence in the outcome of the Eminem legal action against the National Party, which apparently will have its first day in court next week when lawyers for both sides meet to discuss process.

His constituents are well aware of the background, because it was a topic for discussion down at the Eketahuna Club just before the election.

That’s when some outfit based in Detroit, Eminem Publishers, announced it was suing National for alleged copyright infringement.

The company was arguing our original rowing-themed advertisement had a riff similar to that of Lose Yourself, the theme song for 8 Mile in which Eminem played a struggling rapper.

At that time the National Party responded by saying it believed it had correctly licensed the song from bodies which were established to represent the rights of artists in this part of the world.

But this Eminem mob are a persistent bunch, as we learned here at Stuff today:

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The idiots (pink and green) will be packing their bags for a return to Wellington to do battle

February 9, 2015

The NZ Herald’s Audrey Young has jolted Alf out of his summer torpor with an article that reminded him to pack his bags and get back to Wellington for the resumption of Parliament this week.

This jolt also reminded him of a great line written by the late Molly Ivins,  an American columnist,  when the politicians returned to duty in the Texas Legislature.

“Whee, here we go, the Lege is back in session! And many a village is missing its idiot.”

She could have written the same thing of New Zealand’s villages tomorrow, although in this case she would need to remind readers  she was referring only to MPs from parties other than National.

Audrey Young should have borne this in mind before writing her introductory paragraph.

It has a distinct lean to Labour and to idiocy.

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The Problem Gambling mob are moaning about muzzling but maybe others can do their job better

March 21, 2014
It looks like the Salvation Army had a better hand.

It looks like the Salvation Army had a better hand.

Running a business always has risks, the more so should it become dependent on Government money.

In that case, you might say, there is an element of a gamble about maintaining the business’s cash flow, because the bosses can never rule out the tap being turned off at some time by the politicians, the bureaucrats or both.

The same goes for providers of social services.

We should bear this in mind while listening to bleats from pinkos, lefties and other assorted hand-wringers that the Problem Gambling Foundation has had its Government funding cut off because it opposed the controversial SkyCity convention centre deal.

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SkyCity knows when to fold ’em and Tuni will not face a disciplinary hearing over her Bible

June 20, 2012

Let the record show (as at 8am this morning) that Bible-carrying Tuni Parata will not face a disciplinary hearing today.

Radio NZ reported this development (here) as an about turn.

Casino operator SkyCity has made an about-turn and now says an employee found with a pocket Bible at work won’t face a disciplinary hearing.

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The SkyCity casino – a joint where you can be bled dry even if you do wear a flea collar

May 24, 2011

The resemblance to a Labour supporter is uncanny.

We should not be surprised to learn that SkyCity casino staff are spraying themselves with insect repellent and are wearing flea collars to keep from being bitten on the job.

“Flea” – as Wikipedia will tell you – is the common name for insects of the order Siphonaptera which are wingless insects with mouthparts adapted for piercing skin and sucking blood.

The “siphon’ bit of “Siphonaptera” gives a powerful clue to the etymology.

As any petrol thief knows, siphoning involves sucking (before gravity kicks in and does the rest).

But when it comes to casinos, things become confusing.

The suckers could be the customers.

Or they could be the casino staff whose work results in some customers being sucked dry.

Either way, Alf is by no means astonished to learn from The Herald that Sky City employees have complained about infestations on the casino floor for years.

Poetic justice, you could say.

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Super City poobahs are monkeying with the councillors – but who has the balls to publicly say so?

March 29, 2011

Maybe they would make great Super City councillors.

Alf is always suspicious of politicians who make a fuss anonymously rather than stand up to be counted when they go out to do battle on behalf of those who pay their wages.

He is suspicious of public service poobahs, too, whether they work for central government or local government.

The buggers are much too inclined to operate under the cover of secrecy.

Hence he is not surprised to hear that senior officers in the Super Slum City are being accused of holding back information from Auckland councillors to stifle public debate on extra funding for the Rugby World Cup.

But he is disappointed to learn that the bugger who claims to be intent on flushing out this nonsense is operating under cover, too.

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