Monday, July 24, 2017
 


Google and Its Global Archive: Infringing and Making Private Information Public


Although Clancco published this article back in May of 2007, Google’s digital library is a pertinent ongoing issue, as is highlighted in this week’s New Yorker’s article, Future Reading. In his essay, Anthony Grafton details the pros and cons to such amalgamation of information; the overwhelming influence of Western texts on “non-Western” countries; and the inability of digital files to hold the intricacies of reader notations and ruminations.

From May 5, 2007:

Google Inc. has entered in agreement with four states—Arizona, California, Utah, and Virginia—to allow Google search engines to access thousands of public records dealing with education, real estate, health care and the environment.

This access will now make available to anyone with an internet connection access to public records which were previously inaccessible or unavailable. Google is making this possible by providing free consulting and software to these state governments. The problem with this is that the privacy of private individuals who now reside, or have resided, in these four states is now available to a global audience.

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Fixtures


Personal property is a type of property. In the common law systems personal property may also be called chattel. It is distinguished from real property, or real estate. In the civil law systems personal property is often called movable property or movables – any property that can be moved from one location to another. This term is in distinction with immovable property, such as land and buildings.

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A fixture is a chattel which by being incorporated or attached to the real estate becomes a permanent part of the realty. For example, a brick is a chattel, but this same brick being incorprated into a wall of a structure of habitation becomes part of the real property, and thus no longer personal property.

A CLANCCO sculpture is also a chattel, which will become a fixture when attached to the real estate, thus becoming part of the realty.

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Lore has it that a few years ago a house was sold and one of its main features was a beautiful rose garden. It was sold in the summer when the roses were blooming at their best.

However, the home seller understood the law of fixtures. She had planted the beautiful rose bushes in large pots buried in the ground. The day of the sale closing, the seller’s gardener removed all the beautiful rose bush plants.

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Needless to say, the buyer was shocked to find the bare former rose garden with lots of holes in the ground where the pots formerly rested.

Plants and trees growing in the ground are considered to be fixtures, which are included in the sale of real estate because they are attached to the ground by roots.

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But the seller was entitled to remove those beautiful rose bushes, although they were quite large, because they were still in their large pots so the roots never legally became attached to the ground.

 

Why Filmmakers Need Release Forms


From The New York Post

By DAVID ANDREATTA and MURRAY WEISS

April 19, 2007 — A former art teacher was bounced from one of the city school system’s so-called “rubber rooms” by cops yesterday after he began filming for a documentary inside without permission, police said.

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Santiago Sierra’s Proyecto Juárez Censored in Mexico

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How to Legally Steal Land


One of the least known and unconventional means of acquiring or losing land within the United States is through the legal doctrine of adverse possession. Adverse possession undermines all other traditional means of changing ownership of land: no contract exists, no money changes hands and title insurance will not cover the transaction. How is it possible to acquire legal title to another’s land, free of charge?

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Comic Books Explain Statutory Rape


According to the New York Times, Virginia public health officials are turning to fotonovelas, or comic books, to combat statutory rape. The comic book warns that sex between teenage girls and older men risks pregnancy or arrest.

The effort grew out of a 2004 rape-prevention campaign that emblazoned the question ”Isn’t she a little young?” on everything from billboards to napkins. To adapt that message for Hispanics, officials created a fotonovela, a type of Latino comic book featuring themes of love and betrayal.

 

Wikileaks: Cryptographic Document Leaking


According to its website, Wikileaks is an uncensorable version of Wikipedia for untraceable mass document leaking and analysis. It combines the protection and anonymity of cutting-edge cryptographic technologies with the transparency and simplicity of a wiki interface.”

Although the exact source of origin is unknown (it’s only point of reference is a 202 Washington, D.C. area code), theories now exist that Wikileaks is a CIA project.

The site adds: “Wikileaks is developing an uncensorable Wikipedia for untraceable mass document leaking and analysis. Our primary interests are oppressive regimes in Asia, the former Soviet bloc, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, but we also expect to be of assistance to those in the west who wish to reveal unethical behavior in their own governments and corporations. We aim for maximum political impact; this means our interface is identical to Wikipedia and usable by non-technical people. We have received over 1.2 million documents so far from dissident communities and anonymous sources.”

 
 
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