in town for free camps
Even a rollercoaster of a week for Michigan Football (which makes this on topic)...someone be my friend and drink with me.
Our favorite MGoBBQ sponsor, Stubbs, has been acquired by McCormick for $100 million cash.
I had been trying some of the different Stubbs offerings since they started sponsoring Mgoblog and generally found them to be pretty high quality.
Congrats to them, though I'm assuming this means they won't be doing a whole lot more Mgoblog sponsorship marketing going forward...
So, late again. My mistake. This week - what was your favorite car advertisement of all time? Promo? Print? TV? Radio? Was it great because the car was great? Because the ad was outstanding?
I have a few that come to mind. I really enjoyed the Honda Rube Goldberg commercial, but the one out right now that gets me is embedded in the first comment
Happy fathers day to all!
Happy Father's Day to the four Best Fathers I know - Jack Harbaugh, Merle Feuerborn, John Harbaugh and Tom Crean! pic.twitter.com/wR1DTcIxQG— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) June 21, 2015
Recently I started to show a friend how to convert YouTube videos into mp3, and her first reaction she's get in trouble for pirating music.
Which got me thinking. I'm no attorney, and I'm sure the law here is arcane and probably muddy enough to even cause head scratching and debate among lawyers practicing more everyday law.
My take, it's okay to copy a song off of YouTube, as long as it’s only for personal use. The "fair use" allows one copy for personal use, just like when you record a TV show with your DVR, you are then creating one copy for your use. It does not become illegal until you start distributing that show, or music for profit, or passing on to friends for non profit use. Just the act of distribution is where it officially becomes illegal.
Where I think mp3 ripping crosses the line, or at least is legally challengable, is conversion services that also archive MP3s and store them on its servers for future downloads. So if a user visits the site and enters a URL that someone previously had, then instead of re-ripping the song, they could just go to its servers and give the user a copy of the MP3 that was already stored there. Which … is essentially a lot like illegally downloading music.
Now, whether mp3 ripping in any form is moral, is another question. The quality isn't that hot, I think most people are like me and do it for casual use and sampling, and that it leads to more licensed purchases, rather than to build a serious library.