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  • You Need 300 Hours Of Training And A License To Shampoo Hair?

    05/13/2016 12:24:25 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 47 replies
    Forbes ^ | May 13, 2016 | George Leef
    Occupational licensure is so damaging to the upward mobility of poor people and does so little to protect the public that even the Obama administration, with its reflexive pro-government inclinations, has criticized it. (See my February 2015 Forbes piece on that.) Unnecessary and anti-competitive licensing rules have been repeatedly challenged in court, and often struck down as a violation of either state law or the U.S. Constitution. The Institute for Justice has been particularly effective in protecting the liberty of people who just want a chance to succeed on their own, by persuading courts to invalidate ridiculous licensing regulations. A...
  • Supreme Court affirms Google Books scans of copyrighted works are fair use

    04/18/2016 3:10:27 PM PDT · by dware · 52 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | 04.18.2016 | Devin Coldewey
    A Supreme Court order issued today closes the book on (or perhaps merely ends this chapter of) more than a decade of legal warfare between Google and the Authors Guild over the legality of the former’s scanning without permission of millions of copyrighted books. And the final word is: it’s fair use. The order is just an item in a long list of other orders that appeared today, and adds nothing to the argument except the tacit approval of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals 2015 decision — itself approving an even earlier decision, that of the U.S. District Court...
  • Bill would require a license to sell cigarettes in Virginia

    02/16/2015 10:12:55 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 16, 2015 | Laura Vozzella
    RICHMOND — A state report linking Virginia cigarette smuggling to terrorist organizations has prompted a Republican state senator to push a bill that would require retailers and wholesalers to obtain a state license to sell cigarettes. The bill, from Sen. Bryce E. Reeves (R-Spottsylvania), has cleared the Senate, but odds are against it in the GOP-dominated House because of conservative objections to increased government regulations and taxes. Even in the more moderate Senate, eight conservative Republicans voted against it. They are a group that Reeves, a fiscal and social conservative, often votes with. “I think they are concerned about regulatory...
  • Two Cheers for Legislators on Licensing

    02/04/2015 6:55:05 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/1/2015 | Jarrett Skorup
    An important if usually under-the-radar public policy issue is occupational licensing – state rules that require residents to meet various criteria (and pay for them) before they may earn a living in a particular profession. Rolling back licensure mandates requires taking on groups with a vested interest in preserving these restrictions on opportunity (and potential competitors). To its credit the previous Legislature did do some good if still-modest work in this area. In a bipartisan manner, legislators eliminated rules having to do with dieticians and nutritionists, interior designers, auctioneers, community planners, carnival workers, ocularists, school solicitors and immigration clerical assistants....
  • The Harm of Occupational Licensing Laws

    12/11/2014 5:43:20 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 16 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/9/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    LANSING — Several decades ago, Dr. Morris Kleiner was assigned by his boss at the Department of Labor to look into occupational licensing. “What had I done to him to deserve taking on this topic?” Kleiner asked at the Dec. 4 event hosted by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Lansing. But the issue became much of his academic work and is an increasingly important one. Kleiner, now a professor at the University of Minnesota and a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Banks of Minneapolis, discussed why at an Issues & Ideas lecture entitled, “Our Guild-Ridden Labor Market:...
  • City Looks to License Cats For Acting Like Cats

    10/08/2014 6:31:02 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 18 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/8/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    MLive reports that Ann Arbor officials would like to see residents get licenses for their cats. Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje said cats are killing birds and “doing their business” in gardens. ForTheRecord: In sum, the city wants to impose more licensing and costs on residents in order to deal with animal acts of nature.
  • Duran Duran Sue Own Fan Club

    07/26/2014 4:35:25 PM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 48 replies
    Rollin Stone ^ | 7/23/14 | Kory Grow
    Duran Duran are suing their own fan club for breach of contract, claiming that it did not pay the band its promised revenue. In 2010, the group signed a contract with Worldwide Fan Clubs, Inc., based in a town about 30 minutes outside of Chicago, that guaranteed the band 75 percent of all profits, according to Chicago Sun-Times, while the company kept the rest. Although part of the suit alleges that the company failed to keep precise fan-club records, collect membership fees and keep accurate accounting, Simon Le Bon & Co. claim that the company owes them approximately $40,000 in...
  • Helping the Little Guy: Relieve Occupational Licensing Requirements and Fees

    12/27/2013 8:27:38 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 12 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/23/2013 | Jarrett Skorup
    When it comes to financial burdens, both Republicans and Democrats often claim to "fight for the little guy." The former may campaign against tax hikes while the latter may vote for "progressive" taxes on top earners, but don't be fooled: when it comes to occupational licensing, both sides consistently vote to burden people with often unnecessary fees and requirements. State and local governmental units also want people to pay a fee in order to clean carpets, run card games and raffles, operate vending machines or compete as a horse jockey. Licensing is a process by which the state makes it...
  • Inconsistent Licensing Requirements

    11/12/2013 6:44:45 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/10/2013 | Jarrett Skorup
    Rather than being based on safety, licensing requirements for people to work are often imposed merely for the protection of existing businesses and to raise the barrier to entry for competitors, thereby driving up prices for consumers. However, that could change if a bill introduced by State Rep. Tom McMillin, R-Rochester HIlls, were passed and signed into law. House Bill 4641 would prohibit governments from imposing occupational licensure without valid concerns for public health and safety, and allow workers to sue if a regulation excessively burdens their right to earn a living. This proposed state law would go a long...
  • The Artificial Barriers of Occupational Licensing

    10/27/2013 10:33:17 AM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 13 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 10-25-13 | Theresa Boyd
    A West Virginia nail artist must rethink her dream of starting her own business because of onerous licensing requirements and regulations imposed by her state. After spending $3,000 on a nail tech program that taught her skills she didn’t need, the young would-be entrepreneur is still discovering legal impediments that only serve to protect the jobs of other manicurists and do nothing to ensure the health and safety of her potential clients. On average, a manicurist must pass just as many exams as an emergency medical technician and receive more than twice the number of days of training to legally...
  • Do You Have the Right To Give Free Advice?

    10/21/2013 4:24:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | October 21, 2013 | Rebecca Furdek
    Young Voices is a new project which exists to achieve greater media representation for promising college students and young professionals. Every week a different Advocate will comment on the stories which impact their lives. What do we do when we want advice? Sometimes, we choose to seek out a licensed professional. Other times, we simply rely first – and perhaps ultimately – on the recommendations of those around us. Every day, we give opinions and advice to friends, family members, neighbors, and colleagues on everything from parenting tips to home decorating to common health concerns. Furthermore, the Internet and its...
  • Bills Targeting Dubious Licensing Laws Held Up In The Legislature

    09/30/2013 1:39:36 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/28/2013 | Tom Ganter
    Measures to eliminate licensing laws for occupations varying from interior designers to auctioneers have been introduced in Michigan's legislature, but moving those bills toward passage has been minimal. That appears to be due to the Legislature's deliberative process. More than 30 bills pertaining to the elimination of occupational licensing are now in either the House Regulatory Reform Committee or the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee. The major push for the legislation came from within the administration of Gov. Rick Snyder. In April 2012, the Office of Regulatory Reinvention recommended the elimination of 18 occupational licenses and nine licensure boards. Licensing sometimes...
  • Regulatory Roadblocks Hurt the Poor

    08/27/2013 5:35:28 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/26/2013 | Jarrett Skorup
    When people hear the terms "capitalism" or "free markets," often their first thought is that these are systems mostly benefiting the wealthy. In fact, the evidence suggests that it is actually the poor who gain the most from economic freedom. It is abundantly clear that living in countries with lower taxes, fewer regulations, a rule of law and generally limited government makes all citizens better off. One interesting statistic: Those reading this article are likely among the wealthiest — earning $34,000 per year puts people among the top 1 percent in the world, and half of the world's "1 percenters"...
  • Supreme Court Justice Keynote Speaker on Milton Friedman Legacy Day

    08/13/2013 12:01:54 PM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/3/2013 | Brian Zahra
    The Mackinac Center for Public Policy and Northwood University welcomed Supreme Court Justice Brian K. Zahra as the keynote speaker for Friedman Legacy Day, an event celebrating the life and free market ideas of economist Milton Friedman, who would have been 101 years old Wednesday. Justice Zahra was introduced by former Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice and current Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Mackinac Center Clifford W. Taylor. Zahra reflected on Chapter 9 of Milton Friedman's 1962 book Capitalism and Freedom. In it, Friedman advocates for the elimination of licensure for those who want to practice medicine....
  • Licensing Lunacy

    07/26/2013 9:57:50 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/23/2013 | Jarrett Skorup
    The state of Kentucky used occupational licensing laws to shut down an advice columnist, according to an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal. "Was Dear Abby a career criminal? Can 'The Dr. Oz Show' show be censored? Absolutely — at least according to the Kentucky attorney general and the state's Board of Examiners of Psychology, which just banned one of the most popular advice columns in the United States from all of Kentucky's newspapers," wrote Paul Sherman and Jeff Rowe, attorneys with the Institute for Justice, who are representing the columnist. The case involves John Rosemond, a licensed family psychologist...
  • Newspaper Censorship in America: Is this Celebrated Advice Columnist a Criminal? [video only]

    07/18/2013 4:29:04 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 17 replies ^ | 7-16-2013 | InstituteForJustice
    In May 2013, John Rosemond — America's longest running newspaper columnist—received an astonishing order from the Kentucky attorney general: Stop publishing your advice column in the Bluegrass State or face fines and jail. The attorney general and Kentucky's psychologist licensing board believe that John's column, which is syndicated in more than 200 papers nationwide, constitutes the "unlicensed practice of psychology" in Kentucky when it appears in a Kentucky newspaper. Kentucky's crackdown is part of a national surge in the abuse of occupational licensing laws to censor advice. On July 17, 2013, John joined the Institute for Justice to fight back...
  • Legislation Would Eliminate Licensing Mandate on Dietitians, Nutritionists

    06/06/2013 8:27:46 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/5/2013 | Jarrett Skorup
    In 2011, a North Carolina blogger named Steve Cooksey began an advice column on his website where he gave his opinion to readers asking nutritional questions. But because dietitians and nutritionists are required to have a license there, the state board informed him that his advice was criminal and worked to shut him down. Cooksey is now engaged in an ongoing legal fight. The case is extreme, but some worry that similar action could happen in Michigan, which also requires strict licensing for those providing certain health information. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, dietitians and nutritionists are...
  • Bill Would Lessen Mandates on Landscape Architects

    05/31/2013 6:00:53 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 27 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/29/2013 | Jarrett Skorup
    The State of Michigan was admitted into the union in 1837 and for most of the time since then, landscape architects were able to work without having to jump through a bunch of hoops with the government. That changed a few years ago, but a bill in the State House would repeal some of those requirements. In 1980, Michigan began requiring landscape architects register with the state. In 2008, House Bill 5025 was passed, establishing a committee(s) that mandates requirements to work. The state now requires seven years of education or work experience, university-level courses, and classes that are approved...
  • Maryland Gov. Wants to Require a License to Own a Handgun

    02/07/2013 6:16:16 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    Political Outcast ^ | February 7, 2013 | Gary DeMar
    Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley wants state lawmakers to consider passing legislation that would require residents to obtain a license before purchasing a handgun. Such a law would be an impediment to a constitutional guarantee for which there is no such requirement. I find it interesting that liberals attack the requirement that a person needs to show identification in order to vote, but they will put multiple restrictions on people who have a right to keep and bear arms as set down in the Constitution.Unlike the Second Amendment, there is no absolute right to vote. Consider the 26th Amendment that was...
  • BREAKING NEWS! Boy Whose Hot Dog Cart Was Shut Down by the City of Holland Now Homeless

    08/10/2012 9:48:41 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 34 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/9/2012 | Anne Schieber
    HOLLAND, Mich. — Several weeks after a city zoning officer shut down his hot dog business, 13-year-old Nathan Duszynski and his parents are homeless. The family was hoping Nathan’s hot dog cart could help them through a difficult time. Nathan’s mother, Lynette Johnson, suffers from epilepsy and his stepfather, Doug Johnson, has multiple sclerosis. Their illnesses have restricted them from finding permanent, full-time work. The family receives about $1,300 a month in disability payments, Medicaid and food assistance. The three are having a hard time staying together. MLive confirms what the Mackinac Center learned Thursday — Nathan and his mother...
  • Licensing and Regulation Overkill Hurts Job Market

    06/15/2012 5:45:27 PM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/15/2012 | Jarrett Skorup
    An article in The New York Times documents the craziness of current licensing laws across the nation. In “So You Think You Can Be a Hair Braider?” the author focuses on Jestina Clayton, a Sierra Leone native who came to America, went to college, got married, had children and then tried to start her own business. Clayton lives in Utah, where she does a style of African hair braiding and found a niche market, providing for her family and creating value and wealth in the community. But not for long. She was soon reported and told that her state requires...
  • Putting Up Gutters and Putting Down Tile Will Cost You in Michigan

    06/11/2012 8:35:54 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 14 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/12/2012 | Jarrett Skorup
    Earning extra money replacing gutters or putting in new bathroom tile will cost you a lot of time and money thanks to Michigan’s licensing laws. Without a certificate from the government, a lot of contracting work is illegal. Michigan's licensing apparatus requires most general contracting workers to pay $235, take 60 hours of state-approved education, pass two exams and be over 18 years of age. Tiling, pouring terrazzo and putting up gutters are covered as maintenance and alteration contractors. Michigan is one of only 10 states that requires a license for this type of work and has the fourth highest...
  • Michigan Licensing Laws Must Change

    06/07/2012 5:55:59 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/4/2012 | Dick Carpenter, Ph.D.
    This spring brought a bit of bad and good economic news for Michigan. First the bad news: In May, Chief Executive magazine released results from a poll of CEOs in which respondents named the 10 worst states for doing business. States were rated on taxes, regulatory structures and other costs of doing business, and Michigan ranked among the worst. The good news is, however, initial efforts are underway that could help make Michigan a better place to get and create jobs. In April, Gov. Rick Snyder’s Office of Regulatory Reinvention recommended, after months of study, the elimination of 18 occupational...
  • Occupational licensing: trendy new way to shoot ourselves in the foot

    05/18/2012 11:09:20 AM PDT · by Twotone · 18 replies
    May 17, 2012 | Eric Shierman
    Like many other truths about the world we live in, you would never know this from listening to politicians’ speeches, but we are living in the golden age of American manufacturing. snip During this same time period, automation has reduced demand for factory floor labor, barcodes have reduced demand for dock worker labor, and email has eliminated countless white collar clerical jobs. We produce more, but with less people. This phenomenon has had less effect for the more labor-intensive service sector, so policymakers seem to have felt the need to invent a way to reduce job creation for the rest...
  • Blogger threatened with jail for writing on health

    05/01/2012 6:46:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies ^ | April 30, 2012 | Jack Minor
    A blogger in North Carolina has been threatened with jail time for “practicing nutrition without a license” by writing about his experiences with diabetes and telling readers what types of food he was eating. It was in January when the North Carolina Board of Dietetics and Nutrition told blogger Steve Cooksey, who writes at, that it was investigating him for providing nutrition care services without a license. Cooksey was accused of violating Chapter 90, Article 25 of the North Carolina General Statutes, which makes it a misdemeanor to “practice dietetics or nutrition” without state permission – a license. According...
  • Michigan: 1,200 Hours To Be a Lawyer, But 2,000 To Be a Barber

    04/25/2012 5:31:39 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 18 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/23/2012 | Tom Gantert
    Lee McGrath says a lawyer must spend 1,200 hours in the classroom to be eligible to become an attorney in Michigan. Yet, to be a barber in Michigan, someone must spend 2,000 hours in training. McGrath, the legislative counsel at The Institute for Justice, used that example to highlight how licensing laws in the state are job killers and increase costs to consumers. “The important thing to realize is it is the licensees who benefit from licensure,” McGrath said. “They get to raise their prices from the reduced competition. Consumers benefit much more from a competitive marketplace.” Rep. Tom McMillian,...
  • Cat Owners Hiss At Licensing Proposal

    07/12/2011 5:20:33 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 31 replies ^ | July 12, 2011 | Gene Cubbison |
    Should cats be treated like dogs, when it comes to licensing and immunization requirements? The San Diego city auditor's office recommends doing just that -- for the sake of health, safety and "cost recovery" for taxpayers. According to formulas used by the Humane Society of the United States, there are an estimated 373,000 cats in San Diego.
  • Greek vs. US Debt

    05/25/2011 9:59:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | May 25, 2011 | Mike Shedlock
    Many countries have restrictions and requirements on doctors, nurses, lawyers etc. Greece carries the idea to extreme. According to Keep Talking Greece "closed professions" include beauticians, drama and dance school instructors, bakers, antiques dealers, insurance agents, insurance consultants, employment consultants, diagnostics centre staff, translators, divers, cameramen, driving school instructors, cab drivers, tourist bus drivers, newspaper stand owners, electricians, sound technicians, private school owners, tobacco sellers, gun manufacturers and sellers, hairdressers, private investigators, port workers, real estate agents, lifeguards, carpenters, financiers, opticians, auditors, movie/theatre director and even car mechanics. Restrictions will be lifted July 2. That is a much needed maneuver, and the...
  • Philidelphia Democrats pass law to charge 300$ fee for blogging

    03/09/2011 10:29:32 AM PST · by mainestategop · 27 replies
    Youtube ^ | morningmayan about ironic - Philadelphia to ban free speech - unless you got cash! Another attempt to take out the middle class by making it too expensive to participate. In Philadelphia if you don't have the cash you also get denied your first amendment rights. Hmmmmm Make this viral folks because the bull always starts small and keeps gaining momentum UNTIL it is stopped
  • Wisconsin licensing board reviewing doctors’ notes from protestors

    02/23/2011 3:31:14 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/23/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    Call it karma, just desserts, or schadenfreude. The cost to taxpayers of doctors’ notes excusing Wisconsin teachers from work so that they don’t get fired for illegally walking out on classes has been estimated at $6 million. Watching Big Government crack down on Big Labor? Priceless: Staff at the state Department of Regulation and Licensing have begun to review roughly 300 e-mail complaints about doctors issuing excuse notes for protesters at the state Capitol over the weekend, officials said Tuesday.Complaints that name a specific doctor and the alleged violations of rules covered by their licenses will be forwarded to the...
  • Video: Oregon demands 80-year-old barber go back to school (Licensing gone wild!)

    02/07/2011 1:33:51 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/07/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    The Institute for Justice will fight another interesting case on business licensing, this time in Oregon, where an 80-year-old barber with 50 years experience has been told he needs to go back to school to qualify for his license. Just as in the case of Louisiana casket makers and tour guides in Philadelphia and Washington DC, licensing laws that threaten to kill a 50-year small business demonstrates the unholy alliance between Big Business and Big Government at the state level: The Wall Street Journal has a timely report on the phenomenon: “Occupations prefer to be licensed because they can restrict...
  • A License to Shampoo: Jobs Needing State Approval Rise

    02/07/2011 11:05:18 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 33 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | FEBRUARY 7, 2011 | STEPHANIE SIMON
    Amid calls for shrinking government, lawmakers across the country are vowing to cut regulations that crimp economic growth. President Barack Obama recently said it's time to root out laws that "are just plain dumb." Tell that to the cat groomers, tattoo artists, tree trimmers and about a dozen other specialists across the country who are clamoring for more rules governing small businesses. They're asking to become state-licensed professionals, which would mean anyone wanting to be, say, a music therapist or a locksmith, would have to pay fees, apply for a license and in some cases, take classes and pass exams....
  • In the Crystal Ball: More Regulation for Psychics

    09/06/2010 3:54:07 AM PDT · by tlb · 37 replies · 3+ views
    Time ^ | Sept 2, 2010 | Elizabeth Diaz
    fortune tellers in Warren, Mich., must be fingerprinted and pay an annual fee of $150 — plus $10 for a police background check — to practice their craft. But officials in Warren, a town of 138,000 near Detroit, say it's time to weed out tricksters. "We had no mechanism of enforcement to protect people against unsavory characters," Regulating an industry that deems itself clairvoyant, has no standard education requirements and yet rakes in cash for revealing spiritual truths may itself be an act of faith. It also might make good economic sense: about 1 in 7 Americans consulted a psychic...
  • Stossel: Licensing Madness

    03/11/2010 4:29:19 AM PST · by logician2u · 87 replies · 1,801+ views
    Fox Business Network ^ | March 11, 2010 06:57 AM EST | John Stossel
    Licensing Madness My show tonight tonight asks, why do so many occupations need a license? Requiring permission from the state to do everything from flower arranging to practicing law paralyzes competition and protects entrenched special interests.Our most outrageous example of licensing madness is the plight of David Price, a man who learned the hard way that no good deed goes unpunished, especially when messing with lawyers. Price made the mistake of helping Eldon Ray, a fellow Kansan who was fined for practicing architecture without a license. Price didn’t represent Ray in court; he just helped Ray by writing a letter...
  • County pulls plug on free coffee, doughnuts at Camarillo store

    03/05/2010 6:03:30 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 43 replies · 1,338+ views
    The Ventura County Star ^ | February 24, 2010 | Mark Storer
    Ty Brann likes the neighborly feel of his local hardware store. The fourth-generation Ventura County resident and small business owner has been going to the B & B Do it Center on Mobile Avenue in Camarillo for many years. His company, Kastle Kare, does pest control, landscaping and plant care, and he’s a B & B regular. So when he learned the county had told B & B it could no longer put out its usual box of doughnuts and coffee pot for the morning customers, Brann was taken aback. Poll Should coffee and doughnuts be considered food service? Yes...
  • Marine Corps Trademark And Licensing Program

    12/02/2009 6:50:46 PM PST · by gunnyg · 57 replies · 5,274+ views
    USMC ^ | As Shown | USMC Also posted above url Marine Corps Trademark And Licensing Program Other info: SEE ALSO: and... -- **********
  • Autodesk, eBay seller suit could impact sales of secondhand software

    09/30/2009 5:29:54 PM PDT · by antiRepublicrat · 37 replies · 1,353+ views
    Computerworld UK ^ | September 30, 2009 | Nancy Gohring
    A judge Tuesday heard arguments in a dispute over software sales that could potentially have repercussions on the secondhand sale of virtually any copyright material. The suit was filed by Timothy Vernor, a seller on eBay, after Autodesk, citing the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, asked eBay to remove some of its software products that Vernor had listed for sale there, and later to ban him from the site. Vernor had not illegally copied the software but was selling legitimate CDs of the products secondhand. For that reason, he argued, he was not infringing Autodesk's copyright. Autodesk countered that because it...
  • Addresses of Legislators for letter-writing campaign?

    05/04/2009 5:18:17 PM PDT · by pbmaltzman · 4 replies · 405+ views
    Pam Maltzman
    Hi, perhaps I posted this in the wrong area. If I were to organize a letter-writing campaign to not only the U.S. Senators and Representatives, but also to the various state legislators, is there any kind of comprehensive list for this to which someone could point me? I think I've seen at least partial similar lists here on FR for certain issues. The reason is this: I work as a medical transcriptionist (MT). There is an industry association, Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (formerly American Association for Medical Transcription) which is trying to make it mandatory for all MTs to...
  • California passes bills allowing renters to squat, unions to "card check"

    04/24/2009 10:33:31 AM PDT · by UltraConservative · 22 replies · 1,460+ views ^ | April 24, 2009 | Ben Shapiro
    The Los Angeles times is reporting that the California state senate has passed a bevy of bills that will increase the cost of doing business. First, they passed a bill, SB 789, to allow the state equivalent of federal “card check,” allowing farmworkers unions to form without a secret ballot. According to the LA Times, “Instead of holding an election with secret ballots, workers could submit cards, signed by a majority of the workers asking for representation, to state labor authorities.” This is bad policy – and more than that, it encourages bullying tactics from union thugs. How many people...
  • US to enforce law' banning assault weapons

    03/26/2009 9:24:07 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 114 replies · 3,388+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 3/26/09 | AFP
    MEXICO CITY (AFP) – The Obama administration wants to crack down on the sale of assault weapons that are arming Mexican drug cartels, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in an interview with NBC television. Clinton late Wednesday called letting a previous US ban on the sale of assault weapons expire "a mistake." "I think these assault weapons, these military style weapons, don't belong on anyone's street," said Clinton who pushed for the ban as a New York senator. "During the time period from 1994 to 2004, when the ban was in effect, our police in America were able to...
  • H.R. 45 "Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act")

    02/02/2009 10:31:00 PM PST · by epow · 52 replies · 3,473+ views
    NSSF ^ | 02/02/09 | staff
    Legislation (H.R. 45 "Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act") sponsored by U.S. Representative Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), would mandate numerous gun control measures if passed. The bill specifically calls for all handgun owners to submit to the federal government a formal application including: photo identification, fingerprints, medical and mental health records and a completed written firearm safety examine. Applicants would also be forced to pay a fee to the federal government. The legislation also mandates that a database be established and kept by the attorney general of the United State so as to record every sale and transfer...
  • 'Only in America' could Obama borrow the GOP's favorite Brooks & Dunn song

    08/29/2008 8:35:17 PM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 18 replies · 307+ views
    Last night, Barack Obama’s exit music at the close of his historic Democratic convention acceptance speech was “Only in America,” a song by country’s foremost multiplatinum duo.
  • BIG software lobbies for tough regulations on the internet and freelancers

    08/13/2008 3:08:06 PM PDT · by mainestategop · 12 replies · 208+ views
    mainestategop blog ^ | 8/13/08 | mainestategop
    Behind the attempt to regulate the Internet is an attempt at destroying our God given constitutionally guaranteed rights of free speech and an attempt to suppress the spread of opinions, news, and ideas. For the Multi-national corporations and it's leftist CEOs there is a need for greed and to limit our choices they way they do with Television. The chance to monopolize the Internet and the video games industry is met with the support of none other than RINOS as well as the far left. Hillary Clinton, John Mccain and to some extent even Obama have expressed support for regulating...
  • BSA Emblem/LOGO Licensing News (Important For All Scouters)

    11/29/2007 4:55:08 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 106+ views
    Boy Scouts of America and all off its emblems and insignia are copyright protected. If you are a Scoutmaster, Cubmaster, an anindividual, or a business that Silkscreens hats, neckerchiefs, hats or embroider any item with scout insignia please see below.Boy Scouts of America is waiving the $250 application fee for all new Tier IV (National council and local council supplier) applications received from June 1, 2007 to December 31, 2007. Please be sure to send in a full and complete application package along with samples, otherwise your application will not be reviewed. If you have requested an application packet prior...
  • Occupational Licensing: Ranking the States and Exploring Alternatives (

    08/27/2007 5:38:53 PM PDT · by traviskicks · 21 replies · 619+ views ^ | 8/24/07
    News Release California, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire Restrict the Most Jobs Hair braider, fortune teller, florist and interior designer are some of the jobs for which states require licenses Los Angeles (August 24, 2007) – Do you want to be a fortune teller in Maryland? Your future better include a license from the state. How about being a hair braider in Mississippi? You'll need 300 to 1,500 hours of training and government permission. Want to sell flowers in Louisiana? Only licensed florists can do that. And almost every state requires certification if you want to move furniture and hang art...
  • When you buy Microsoft Windows, you don't really get it (Vanity)

    04/18/2007 1:51:51 PM PDT · by TChris · 83 replies · 2,817+ views
    Self | 4/18/2007 | Self
    I just got off the phone with the manufacturer of the new notebook computer I just bought, Acer, and the publisher of the operating system installed on that notebook, Microsoft. You see, since I just purchased a brand new computer with Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005, I was under the impression that I should actually receive Windows Media Center Edition 2005. But it turns out that I was woefully naive about buying computers. That's an odd statement for me to make, since I am a computer professional at least eight hours per day. I support Windows for a living....
  • Windows Vista's Enthusiastic Licensing Restrictions

    10/19/2006 12:34:55 PM PDT · by Still Thinking · 43 replies · 856+ views
    Paul Thurrott's Supersite for Windows ^ | October 16, 2006 | Koroush Ghazi
    My name is Koroush Ghazi, and I run the site As you can probably guess by the site's name, I like to tweak and tinker with hardware and software. I'm what you might call a 'PC enthusiast': one of those guys who builds his own PC, regularly upgrading it to keep up with the demands of modern gaming. When Paul asked me to write a reply to his Licensing Changes to Vista article I jumped at the chance, given that this issue really affects guys like me. I know from the emails I've received, and from comments I've read...
  • Privatize the DMV

    10/13/2006 8:49:15 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 13 replies · 516+ views
    The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty ^ | September 2006 | John Semmens
    For most Americans, driving is the most dangerous activity they undertake on a regular basis. We ought to try to make the roads as safe as is humanly possible. Unfortunately, government ownership of the roads and the vehicle-registration/driver-licensing process undermine safety. In “Highways: Public Problems and Private Solutions” (The Freeman, March 1985), I wrote about privatizing the roads. Now I will examine the possibility of privatizing registration and licensing. One approach governments have adopted to deal with the hazards of driving is mandatory insurance. In 44 states plus the District of Columbia, liability insurance is a requirement for vehicle registration....
  • Do-gooders crush small establishments' spirits (D.C.)

    09/28/2006 11:21:18 AM PDT · by JZelle · 1 replies · 495+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 9-28-06 | Tom Knott
    All too many denizens of the city instinctively rail against corporate America as an article of their political faith but inevitably undermine the entrepreneurial spirit of the mom-and-pop tavern operators in their neighborhoods. This disconnect is played out in various areas of the city, initiated by civic association groups and the elected officials of the Advisory Neighborhood Commission. Their hubris is surpassed only by their thorough misunderstanding of the marketplace.
  • Trouble in the cards as psychic-licensing rules debated

    06/28/2006 4:30:33 PM PDT · by Momaw Nadon · 20 replies · 796+ views
    The Salem News Online ^ | Wednesday, June 28, 2006 | Chris Cassidy
    SALEM — In a paranormal public hearing last night, dozens of psychics argued before a city licensing panel about what the future holds if Salem cracks down on rogue clairvoyants. Unfortunately, no clear vision emerged from the meeting. One side told councilors the city needs to embrace its standing as the Witch City by allowing more licensed psychics. But opponents warned that oversimplifying the process could bring predators bent on making an easy dollar, rather than ethically telling fortunes. The debate unfolded before a hearing of the City Council's licensing committee, which is pondering tightening its regulation of Salem's fortunetelling...