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TwitVid is available

So, I could be late, but chances are I am not. There is an even better chance that you didn’t know about it either. But, yeah, it’s on AND popping. You got UberTwitter on your Blackberry or TwitterFon on your iPhone, well then you should be able to participate. I shot two yesterday.

We were walking through a street fair on the Upper West Side during this one of the last weekends the brethren have together in New York CIty. We copped a bottle of Gentleman Jack split a piece of Baklava and celebrated the pour (#punswild)

Here is my TwitVid page. Get you one. The revolution will be Twitterized


My (micro) Justice League of Rappers: Part 1

I have approached this kind of post before. Not only is it an exciting idea because I didn’t get it from anywhere else, but it appeals to my child like imagination. Now, I am sure that this concept has been approached by some blogger, hip hop head or comic book aficionado, but I have never seen it done. So as opposed to just thinking about it, I’m gonna be about it. That has been my mission statement all year. Nothing sits in draft form anymore. Print it, put it in an envelope, buy a stamp and mail it. Even if it isn’t done. So there are some rappers missing, but there are some superheroes missing too, ya dig?

Wait a minute Mr. Post man, are you saying that this is the unequivocal undeniable unarguable Justice League of Rappers? No, but I AM saying that my squad would kick your squads…beats.

BeastX3 biggie Biggie Smalls (The Beast)
Much like the X-Man, Biggie had several voices. If he needed to he could scream on you. If he wanted to he could reason with you.
But no matter what his approach to the track was the right one, and he was going to win any battle (street) smarts or fisticuffs.

lauryn_hilljean greyLauryn Hill (aka Jean Grey) Well, I think it should be obvious but let’s follow the formula. Lauryn can do anything you can do. She’d grab your guitar and learn to play it, she’d take your gospel song and make her version your favorite, in short she could take your power and instinctively adapt it as her own. But there IS a downside to having a great deal of power, isn’t there? Y’all read the comic, y’all saw the movie. The Phoenix is a hard person(ality) to control. Sometimes it cannot be controlled, sometimes it can’t be satisfied. To whom much is given, much goes plum crazy. Come back Lauryn. Please.

mosdefclark_kentMos Def (aka Clark Kent) No, not Superman. Clark Kent. Why? Well, Clark does have all the abilities as Supe, he just doesn’t wear the cape. He doesn’t fly the flag. He is quiet and unassuming, but all the while he is sitting there thinking “I could leap this building in a single bound.” Mos Def isn’t interested in the limelight, more often than not he is willing to take a back seat for the betterment of his people, even if they aren’t from Krypton, I mean Brooklyn. Clark Kent is an actor. Mos Def is an actor. The ability to live dual lives and be appreciated in both communities is a true talent. But isn’t it funny how many viewers of Monster’s Ball wouldn’t recognize Dante on stage? Even funnier is how many people don’t recognize Clark with his glasses on…

batman800px-Black_thoughtQuite possibly my favorite rapper of all time and definitely the most underrated rapper of all time, it should be obvious what Black Thought and Batman have in common. (no pun intended) Batman operates in the shadows and while he is an obvious good guy this front man can also play Robin when neccessary. It is not odd for his gadgets to get more attention than he does. Afterall, we don’t recognize Batman without his symbol flying in the air. This is not to say that being a member of the best band in HIp Hop is bad, but how many of you would recognize Tariq Trotter walking through the streets of Philly without the mask? Not many. In addition, there is something dark about Black Thought’s devices that is similar to Batman’s style. While you wouldn’t expect him to rob you, you’d be hard pressed to see him helping old ladies cross the street.

peter parkereminemI considered Eminem as Spiderman not because he and Toby bear the kind of resemblance that makes family reunions “interesting”, nor for the kind of alliteration that makes assonance jealous (Peter Parker/Marshall Mathers) but because of approach. Spiderman is widely known as the most wise-cracking superhero. Known to add insult to injury, Eminem is often seen as a solo act, unafraid to take on a huge machine, concept, or Mariah Carey. Parker is a photographer and Mathers is a battle rapper. Both have been known to abuse their Cannons. Sorry, Nick, I couldn’t resist.

Lil Wayne as Gambit. Are you getting tired of the Xmen references yet? This one in particular works for me. There’s the gritty voice, there is the dedication to Louisiana and all things Cajun and there is the production of hot fiah! Oh and they are both smokers. Need more? Okay, Wayne and Gambit were both raised by a band of thieves Cash Money and Fagan’s Mob, respectively. Principally Gambit’s power lies in his manipulation of energy, he can use his very own bio kinetic energy to ignite the most obscure objects. Did you hear “Comfortable”? Yeah, that’s obscure.

Part 2: Andre 3000, Busta Rhymes, Jay-Z, T.I., and Bun-B
Feel free to add your thoughts, comments, or suggestions.


Eagles Ask NAACP to Cancel Rally, Avoid ‘Ugly Scene’ Before Vick’s Debut

vick-naacpThe Eagles are anticipating a full-on spectacle when Michael Vick makes his debut on Thursday night, but the organization is trying to prevent things from getting out of hand.

Updating an earlier report stating that the NAACP and multiple other civil rights groups were planning a “massive demonstration” in support of Vick prior to Thursday’s game, ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio says that the Eagles have now asked the NAACP to cancel the rally so as to avoid an “ugly scene.”

J. Whyatt Mondesire, president of the Philadelphia chapter of the NAACP, told ESPN that as many as a half-dozen organizations were planning to march in front of Lincoln Financial Field Thursday.

“We believe Michael Vick has served his time, paid his debt to society and deserves a second chance and the animal rights groups want to hold him hostage for the rest of his life,” J. Whyatt Mondesire, president of the Philadelphia chapter of the NAACP, told ESPN. “We think that’s patently unfair. It denies Michael Vick’s basic civil rights, denies him his ability to make a living.”

The NAACP has not yet announced whether it will comply with the Eagles’ request.

No animal rights organizations have announced any plans for anti-Vick demonstrations on Thursday, though it’s probably a safe bet that there will be some dissenters amongst the crowd.

Vick has not played a down in the NFL since Week 17 of the 2006 season when Atlanta visited, ironically enough, Philadelphia. His legal history since then, which included a 19-month prison stay on dogfighting charges, has been well documented, turning Vick into a polarizing public figure.

Eagles head coach Andy Reid said that Vick will see action on Thursday against Jacksonville, possibly even alongside current Philly quarterback Donovan McNabb. Per the terms of his current NFL suspension, Vick is eligible to compete in Philadelphia’s final two preseason games, but could be forced to sit out as many as six regular season games.



A couple a years ago on Headland and DeLowe…

…well, it was really Manhattan and 114th in Harlem, but it was the “start of something good”. (c) “Elevators” by Outkast.

At any rate. It was the beginning. Any1Man was being resurrected and we decided that we were going to make a short out of all of the characters. This is a photo from the day that I dressed in full Bishop regalia and took to the streets. I laid on subway platforms, ate out of trashcans, and even convinced “Anthony” , a homeless Black Man, (pictured below) that I was homeless. It was the oddest feeling. A church van full of elderly women pulled up and fed us both. I enjoyed one of the best chicken and bread snacks I have ever had in my life. I never told “Anthony” that I lived in a nice apartment around the corner. But I did slide him some money as we left.

“You don’t notice us, but we notice you.”-Bishop from Any1Man
Bishop and Anthony

*shouts to Jon Genius, Rae Ransom, and Daniel Patterson
**photo by Jon Genius


Twopointoh as seen by Jon Genius.



Copyright and Twitter

Thanks to my front Buk for putting me on. This article was published on on May 5, 2008.

by Jonathan Bailey

Every time a new technology comes along that aides communication, copyright inevitably becomes an issue with it, at least to some degree. From piano rolls to radios to televisions to the Web, every great technology has shifted the copyright landscape and has had its course altered, at least in some way, by those protections.

Twitter is no different in that regard, whether it is just a fad or the beginnings of something larger, Twitter as a technology raises copyright questions that are not easy to answer. The microblogging service is difficult to fit into any of the current copyright paradigms and seems to challenge what many think about posting on the Web.

So what copyright issues, if any, might exist with Twitter? To answer that, I’m going to take a look at the service from various angles to see if any potential copyright conflicts await the service.

Your Rights at Twitter

Twitter, in their terms of service, make it very clear that you own the rights to anything you post to the service. However, when looking at what is actually posted, such a statement seems almost unnecessary.

Twitter’s 140 character limit makes it difficult, though not impossible, to post a work that reaches the standard for “copyrightability”. Though short works, such as Haiku, can be protected by copyright, the majority of items posted to Twitter would not likely be seen as “original works of authorship”. They are simply too short and don’t usually reach the requisite level of creativity.

That being said, some tweets could be copyrighted if they met the description and, almost certainly, a collection of tweets from the same person could be copyrightable if they could be seen as one large work broken apart over many entries.

It is unclear how the courts would rule on this but such a case is unlikely. Simply put, the odds that the content of a tweet is both valuable enough to warrant a lawsuit and is properly registered with the copyright office is extremely unlikely.

The odds of anyone seriously pursuing copyright infringement of their tweets is slim to none.

Infringement On Twitter

The same as the character limit makes it difficult to claim and enforce copyright in a tweet, it also makes it difficult to infringe copyright on Twitter. With such a short limit, almost any content use would likely be considered fair. Furthermore, even if one decided there was an infringement on Twitter, most likely it would not be worth the effort to even file a takedown notice with the service.

The greatest risk, however, is with Twitter’s ability allow users to swap links. Though certainly safer than posting the content yourself, posting links to material known to be infringing can, in some cases, be an infringement itself. Services such as TwitPic make it easy to upload content and share them via link through Twitter, raising the possibility of users posting infringing works there and using Twitter as a means to promote it.

However, those issues would be taken up with those services and not with Twitter itself. In most cases, the copyright holder would just demand takedown of that work and would go through the standard DMCA process, such as what is outlined on TwitPic’s site.

It is unlikely that a Twitter user, simply by linking to allegedly infringing content, especially if they were unaware of the issues, could run into any significant trouble.

Twitter’s Role

Twitter, for their part, seems to be well protected under current copyright law. Their service almost certainly qualifies for protection under the DMCA Safe Harbor provisions, meaning that they are not likely to be held liable for any infringement that does take place through their service so long as they have no knowledge of it, do not profit directly from it and remove it if properly notified.

On their site, Twitter has a very complete copyright policy that includes all of the pertinent information regarding how to file a DMCA complaint. However, they have not registered their designated agent with the U.S. Copyright Office.

Unlike many new Web services, Twitter itself does not raise any significant copyright issues that could come back to haunt the company itself.

Other Issues

None of this is to say that Twitter is never going to raise any legal issues, just that, from a copyright standpoint, there is not a lot to worry about at this time. There are still other ways Twitter users could find themselves in legal hot water, including the following:

Invasion of Privacy: What you reveal about yourself over Twitter is your own business, but revealing private information about others without their permission can cause trouble. Even something as simple as saying where someone is can, under some situations, be considered an invasion of privacy.

Defamation: Damaging someone’s reputation by posting false information about them can lead to legal action in and of itself. Even seemingly harmless jokes, when taken the wrong way, can lead to such conflicts. Be careful of what you say on Twitter.

Trademark: If your Twitter username might cause others confusion, thinking that you have a relationship with a company or product when one does not exist, or you use Twitter to otherwise dilute a trademarked name, you could find yourself dealing with legal consequences.

In short, there are many reasons to be careful about what you say on Twitter, copyright just isn’t likely one of them.

From a legal perspective, Twitter is not much different than any other kind of blogging. Though the character limit puts a cap on the potential for copyright issues, one still have to be careful what they say and how they say it.

It is easy, when working on the Web, to lose sight of the fact that behind the screen names and email addresses are other human beings. As such, we often say and do things that we wouldn’t dream of doing in civilized society.

However, those actions can come with real-world consequences and it is important to keep the legal dangers in mind when doing anything on the Web, be it blogging, sharing photos or using Twitter.

No one wants to be on the receiving end of a lawsuit and the best way to avoid that is to consider the potential consequences before you act and show respect to others with everything you do.

There is no way to guarantee you will never be sued, but you can certainly minimize the chances of it.


The LapTape Intolerance: Webisode 1

The LapTape Intolerance: Webisode 1 from George Twopointoh on Vimeo.

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