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The Law of Unintended Consequences

The Law of Unintended Consequences

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Introduction: Fat and global warming. What do they have in common? They have or could trigger the law of unintended consequences. What is the law of unintended consequences? It is when people, in the name of good or progress, do things that have negative consequences that no one foresaw. An example is MTBE. MTBE stands for something like methyl trans... well, it was supposed to be a gasoline additive that would reduce air pollution. And it worked. Except it also seeped into the water supply and caused death, pestilence, disease, and so forth. It was mandated for use against air pollution by that supreme body of scientific research--the United States Congress. Lawsuits against the oil companies: Then a congressman from the great state of Texas tried to stop lawsuits against…
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MySpace to Join YouTube in Offering Commercial Content, Viacom Suit Could Derail DMCA, Says Law Professor

MySpace to Join YouTube in Offering Commercial Content, Viacom Suit Could Derail DMCA, Says Law Professor

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MySpace, owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, is behind YouTube in video content, according to news reports, but a Financial Times article published by MSNBC online says that may soon change. Could they get themselves into the Viacom tangle as well? The article reports that News Corp., itself a "big media company" is in "very active negotiations" with other big media companies to license copyrighted content for their site's video offerings. Already MySpace is a leading site for user-created video content, similar to YouTube. A battle with Viacom: Google, which purchased YouTube and now finds itself in a battle with Viacom concerning copyrighted content, is cited in a CNN article as saying that they have "done their homework" and are confident that the DMCA, the law that modernizes copyright to…
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