Also, you can watch the video Rielle Hunter shot below; she was reportedly paid over $100,000 for the so-called webisodes by a PAC for Edwards.
John Edwards admits to having affair with staff member + lying about it during presidential campaign while wife’s cancer was in remissionAugust 8, 2008
News: This is the first time I’ve linked to The National Enquirer, but the tabloid has been the only one reporting this story since last year. Finally, John Edwards had to admit to the affair, although he denied that he fathered a child with the woman (the child’s father is supposedly a staff member of Edwards during the campaign). Here’s part of the National Enquirer’s story with photos. More here.
Analysis: The story speaks for itself, so there’s not much to say other than we all feel for Elizabeth Edwards, who has cancer. She’s reportedly known about the affair since 2006, but still this must be devastating. We all wish her well during her treatment and recovery. (More)
JOHN EDWARDS STATEMENT ON ADULTERY:
In 2006, I made a serious error in judgment and conducted myself in a way that was disloyal to my family and to my core beliefs. I recognized my mistake and I told my wife that I had a liaison with another woman, and I asked for her forgiveness. Although I was honest in every painful detail with my family, I did not tell the public. When a supermarket tabloid told a version of the story, I used the fact that the story contained many falsities to deny it. But being 99 percent honest is no longer enough.
I was and am ashamed of my conduct and choices, and I had hoped that it would never become public. With my family, I took responsibility for my actions in 2006 and today I take full responsibility publicly. But that misconduct took place for a short period in 2006. It ended then. I am and have been willing to take any test necessary to establish the fact that I am not the father of any baby, and I am truly hopeful that a test will be done so this fact can be definitively established. I only know that the apparent father has said publicly that he is the father of the baby. I also have not been engaged in any activity of any description that requested, agreed to or supported payments of any kind to the woman or to the apparent father of the baby.
It is inadequate to say to the people who believed in me that I am sorry, as it is inadequate to say to the people who love me that I am sorry. In the course of several campaigns, I started to believe that I was special and became increasingly egocentric and narcissistic. If you want to beat me up — feel free. You cannot beat me up more than I have already beaten up myself. I have been stripped bare and will now work with everything I have to help my family and others who need my help.
I have given a complete interview on this matter and having done so, will have nothing more to say.
News: So what happens when Web 2.0 hits the traditional book world? Well, Stephanie Meyer, the 34 year old author of the absurdly popular Twilight vampire books (a kinds of a cool version of Harry Potter), has the answer. You can sell millions of books. Read this week’s Businessweek article. All book publishers should be studying and copying this model.
The ad is titled “Original.”
Video here Hilarious! Compliments of Funny or Die!
News: In a very important decision, in The Cartoon Network v. C.S.C. Holdings, Inc., the Second Circuit (in NY) reversed a trial court’s decision in favor of copyright holders against cable companies planning to use a “remote storage” DVR. The opinion is here.
A remote storage DVR means that the actual digital files are stored, not in the set top box in a person’s home, but instead remotely on the servers of the cable companies. The functionality, however, is the same: TV viewers want to “time shift” record shows for later viewing. The Sony case in 1984 recognized the fair use right of viewers to time shift record on the VCR. The “remote storage” DVR takes the storage from the home to some remote server.
Several media companies representing copyright holders said that this change made the recording illegal b/c it was no longer taking place in the home. The trial court agreed, but, interestingly, no fair use argument was considered in the analysis because the parties apparently did not present it. So the decision turned on analyzing whether the remote storage constituted direct infringement. On appeal, the Second Circuit held that it did not and reversed the trial court’s decision.
Obama camp responds to McCain negative ad by portraying McCain as in the “pocket” of big oil companiesAugust 4, 2008
News: The gloves have come off. The Obama camp has finally responded to the negative ad by John McCain titled “Pump” that suggests that Barack Obama is responsible for (hard to believe) the rise in gas prices. Obama’s ad is titled in response “Pocket.”
News: Larry Lessig says his last law + tech book will be out this fall. It’s titled “Remix.” More details here
News: Noted copyright lawyer William Patry officially ended his copyright blog on Friday of last week. His reasons are explained in the only post that remains on his blog (of 4 years). He now works for Google, so that’s one of his reasons b/c too many people confused his personal comments as Google’s comments. He also finds the state of copyright law too depressing.
Analysis: A shame.
News: The McCain camp continues its onslaught of negative ads aimed solely at attacking Barack Obama, instead of defining John McCain’s own character. The one above is filled with religious overtones of “The One”–you can insert the word “chosen” or “annointed” in there. The ad below insinuates that Barack Obama forgot about Latin America in his speech in Berlin.
The Obama camp has responded once about the “Low Road” tactics of the McCain camp with the video below.
Brave New Pac also has a response ad to McCain’s negative ads:
Analysis: That’s 8 negative attack ads from the McCain camp against Obama in the last 2 weeks. These negative ads have generated several million views on YouTube and are, by far, John McCain’s most viewed videos thus far. The Obama camp has only 1 video response so far to these attack ads.
UPDATE: Sure enough, the Obama camp has fired enough another response to McCain’s negative ads. The negative ads may be backfiring on McCain. Apparently, they may be helping to increase donations and volunteers to Obama. Here’s David Plouffe, the campaign manager speaking: