Tuesday, September 09, 2003

You Can't Keep the Mountain, But How About an Airport?

Former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau was honoured today at a ceremony to rename Montreal-Dorval International Airport to Trudeau Airport. "The world remembers Pierre Elliott Trudeau," Alexandre (Sacha) Trudeau told several dozen family members, friends and other invited guests. And of course you know what they remember? "For us, Trudeau is a dictator" said one unhappy Quebecois who wishes they would just leave the airport's name alone.

Girl 12, Settles Lawsuit

In case you didn't hear, the RIAA laid charges on a 12 year old girl from New York State for copyright violations by downloading music over the Internet. It has now been announced that the RIAA has rushed to settle with the young Brianna LaHara, after serving her with a lawsuit on Monday. It looks like her single mother will be paying a $2,000 fine to the RIAA for her daughter's song-swapping, which they had thought was legal. They purchased the software that allowed them to swap files with other users. Quoting Brianna: "I am sorry for what I have done. I love music and don't want to hurt the artists I love." What a relief this must be for Metallica. You might think that the RIAA was being excessive but see, downloading files is just a gateway crime... by the time this girl is 17, she'll be knocking off liquor stores, and in her early 20's she'll be doing banks! Thank goodness for American justice.

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