This is a case of damned if ya do, and damned if ya don't! (Just so ya know, plagiarism is considered academic dishonesty and a breach of journalistic ethics, while "copyright infringement" is an illegal act.)
Plagiarism is a phrase that gets a lot of people up in arms, BUT, if you post something on the Internet it gets rather hazy since it most often falls into the category of "fair use," or "creative commons" and lends itself to all sorts of interpretations! (I was thankful for these terms when I wrote my book "The Plain Truth About God" and/or 'A 'Brief History of Western Religion,' and even now when I write this blog!)
Under normal circumstances an Internet personality might be thrilled to find their name trending on Twitter. But for Josh Ostrovsky, a flurry of attention over the weekend came for all the wrong reasons—or all the right ones, depending on who you ask—as the man behind the extremely popular Instagram account @TheFatJewish was being hammered from all corners for his constant and unapologetic history of plagiarism. Everyone from hundreds of aspiring comics to the likes of Patton Oswalt spent Saturday piling on. You might almost feel bad if the target in question wasn’t so richly deserving of the beat down.
The renewed interest in Ostrovsky, who commands an audience of 5.6 million on Instagram, came with the news that the 30-year-old Internet phenom had signed a deal with powerhouse entertainment agency CAA for an all-purpose representation deal. Among many other stars, the agency is home to comics like Chelsea Handler, Jimmy Fallon, and Bill Maher. While accusations of joke theft would typically be enough to sink—or at least severely dampen the careers of—other comics, for Ostrovsky, plagiarism isn’t an aberration, but his entire modus operandi. One wonders exactly what his television pilot in development with Comedy Central or his forthcoming book are going to look like, what with stolen Tweets and memes being particularly hard to translate into other mediums.
This is by no means the first time Ostrovsky has been taken to task for lifting jokes, and I’ve sounded this particular alarm before myself. Comedian Davon Magwood recently penned a widely shared letter to Fat Jew and @FuckJerry, another widely popular Instagram joke fencer, after they lifted one of his posts. “In news that shouldn’t come as that big of a surprise to anyone with a passing familiarity with actual jokes or any degree of skepticism where the internet is concerned, yet another comedian is mad at Instagram users Fuck Jerry and The Fat Jew for stealing his jokes,” the AV Club wrote, summarizing what’s become an all-too-familiar occurrence.
This time around the sniping seems to have been prompted by writer Maura Quint, whose Facebook post encouraging people to unfollow and block Ostrovsky has been shared far and wide throughout comedy Twitter.
HERE'S THE POINT KIDS, IF YA POST SOMETHING ON THE INTERNET, AND ESPECIALLY TWITTER, YOU MIGHT AS WELL KISS YOUR "INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS" GOODBYE!
(And stop whining about it!)
Even though I happily live in London, Ont. now, I grew up in T.O., and although I know this won't be of much interest to anyone not originally from Toronto, there is an ongoing question that needs resolving ...., and I guess I'm the one to do it!
Open for debate is what part of the city is east-west, north-south, etc.
So here goes bunky, what we call "Downtown" is anything east of Bathurst and west of the DVP, and stretching from the Lake to Bloor St.
Midtown is from Bloor to Eglinton, and bounded by Bathurst and Bayview ...., and Uptown is from Eglinton to the 401, and still bounded by Bathurst and Bayview.
Outside of this you have the East End, the West End and North York.
Anything else is the BURBS! (Just so ya know.)
Oh, and just in case you didn't know THIS: "If the subway doesn't go there ......, it don't exist!"
• Frank Fearon and officials from a car testing facility GoMentum Station exploring ideas
• GoMentum Station is specifically set up to test driverless car technology
CUPERTINO, California - The persistent industry rumours that Apple are considering building a car have gained traction after solid evidence emerged regarding the technology giant's plans.
The UK's Guardian newspaper has published correspondence between Apple engineer Frank Fearon and officials from the GoMentum Station car testing facility.
"We would ... like to get an understanding of timing and availability for the space, and how we would need to coordinate around other parties who would be using [it]," the newspaper quotes Fearon as writing in May.
GoMentum Station is in Concord, a city around 30 minutes' drive north east of San Francisco and is specifically set up to test driverless car technology.
The facility has 20 miles or so of road that recreates real-world scenarios to test onboard software.
The report suggests that Apple is considering building driverless cars, and for the first time, provides concrete evidence that plans are in motion.
Until now, it had only been reported that Apple had hired a couple of car industry experts, apparently working on something called "Project Titan". Those reports have never been confirmed by Apple.
Fearon is himself an autonomous vehicle expert and wrote to GoMentum that Apple was "hoping to see a presentation on the ... testing grounds with a layout, photos, and a description of how the various areas of the grounds could be used".
GoMentum confirmed to the Guardian that Apple are "interested", but could provide no further details due to a strict non-disclosure agreement about the project.
Apple's vice-president Jeff Williams said earlier this year that the car is the "ultimate mobile device" suggesting that the technology giant may be planning to turn the automotive sector on its head. Apple fans have dubbed the as-yet unmade prototype the iCar.
Fiat boss Sergio Marchionne told the BBC earlier this year that Apple's pursuit of the car market would be highly disruptive, but it remains to be seen the extent to which Apple intend to enter the market.
The company may only be planning to develop software for use in other manufacturers' driverless cars, or they may be planning to develop and build an entirely Apple-made vehicle.