Thursday, June 23, 2016

Walt Disney Co. Copyrights English Alphabet, Eyes Other Languages

BURBANK, Calif.—(TYDN) The US Copyright Office granted the Walt Disney Co. a copyright to the English alphabet Friday, setting the stage for the entertainment concern to seek licensing agreements with all companies or individuals using any combination of the letters without its permission, TheYellowDailyNews has learned.

Because of the so-called "Mickey Mouse" doctrine Congress adopted in 1998, Disney's newest copyright will last indefinitely, and take priority on court dockets over other civil and criminal matters.

Analysts said it was the first time an entire language was copyrighted, a move these analysts told TheYellowDailyNews is expected to give the entertainment company even greater control over the English-speaking public. What's more, Disney is expected to expand its language copyright portfolio to other tongues, including the popular languages of Spanish, Japanese, Russian, Mandarin and others.

Several Disney sources, who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic, told TheYellowDailyNews in exclusive interviews that Disney, with copyright in hand, is privately negotiating with the White House to rename the United States to "Disneyland." Government sources told TheYellowDailyNews on condition of anonymity that the name change would soon be announced—a move that was already in the works well before Disney even applied for its alphabet copyright.

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Meanwhile, Disney is privately working on deals to purchase several Pacific Northwest paper companies. This, sources familiar with the talks tell TheYellowDailyNews, would enable Disney to have enough paper to print out licensing agreements and lawsuits targeting anybody and everybody using the alphabet without Disney's permission.

"We're not sure if there's enough trees in the Pacific Northwest to meet our needs, but it's a start," a well-placed Disney official, who requested anonymity and was granted anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic, exclusively told TheYellowDailyNews. "Just think about how many envelopes we'll need."

These same Disney officials, however, promised they wouldn't abuse the copyright.

They told TheYellowDailyNews that the entertainment giant would soon set up so-called "infringement-free zones" at its US-based theme parks to give park-goers a chance to speak in English without having to pay any licensing fees. For park-goers to qualify to enter these "infringement free zones," they must wear and purchase a $29.99 Mickey Mouse or Minnie Mouse ears hat, these sources said.

"These infringement free zones clearly demonstrate that Disney isn't the copyright maximalist that everybody says it is," a high-ranking Harvard University copyright scholar told TheYellowDailyNews on condition of anonymity because she feared being sued for speaking without a licensing agreement.

All the while, as news spread of Disney's copyright, which was first reported by TheYellowDailyNews, interest in intellectual property law skyrocketed at US law schools.

Disney's stock soared after the copyright was announced. But trading on the New York Stock Exchange was halted shortly after when the exchange's servers collapsed on record trading volume.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

NRA: Orlando nightclub attack would have been avoided if everyone carried assault rifles

ORLANDO, Fla.—(TYDN)  The National Rifle Association said Saturday that gun control measures were responsible for the Orlando nightclub attack by a lone gunman who killed 49 partygoers, TheYellowDailyNews has learned.

The nation's biggest gun lobby said that gunman, Omar Mateen, would not have been able to kill 49 people June 12 and wound dozens of others at the Pulse club with an AR-15 assault rifle if everybody in the club was armed with an AR-15 or other weapon.

"Gun control advocates once again have blood on their hands," said DeWayne Pierrovitch, the NRA's chief executive officer, in an exclusive interview with TheYellowDailyNews. "There's absolutely no way Mateen would have walked into that club and started shooting everybody if everybody in that club also had an assault weapon. He just would not have done it, and everybody knows that."

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Pierrovitch's comments come as the nation mourns the Pulse club's victims amid a renewed debate about gun control. What's more, Second Amendment analysts suggested that the Supreme Court, backed by NRA lobbying, might now declare any form of gun restrictions illegal in the tragedy's wake.

"Jesus Christ, everyday there's another bloodbath in America and it's all because everybody isn't armed with an assault weapon—and that's because the Supreme Court hates America and is in President Barack Obama's pocket," Harvard University scholar Amid Dravovitch told TheYellowDailyNews in an exclusive interview. "It simply shocks the conscience to go out in public and not see everybody, except for the criminals, carrying assault weapons. When will this madness end?"

Family members of the victims expressed outrage, too. Speaking at a downtown vigil here, a mother of one of the dead Pulse victims said she felt responsible, in part, for the tragedy.

"My son was a good man and didn't deserve this," the mother, who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic, told TheYellowDailyNews in an exclusive interview. "I found a stockpile of assault rifles in his closet and made him throw them away."

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Game of Thrones Blonde Woman Does Nude Scene

NEW YORK—(TYDN) That one Game of Thrones blonde woman with long, braided hair was involved in a nude scene in the latest episode, TheYellowDailyNews has learned.

The nude scene involving the character Daenerys, who is a slave-liberating queen of some place and who has a few fire-breathing dragons, was much anticipated and boosted HBO ratings enormously.

Analysts said it was Daenerys' best nude scene since her last nude scene in season 3, and it came at a pivotal moment in the 6-season-long series.

"Nobody really knows what this show is about anymore, except that there's a few characters that we really want to see naked, and up popped the devil in the latest episode," TV Guide movie critic Jake Jonstein said in an exclusive interview with TheYellowDailyNews. "This underscores how absolutely brilliant this show is."

Viewers were elated, too, as the actress was shown nude for several seconds after walking out of a burning hut, unscathed whatsoever.

"This show has got a bunch of pretty people backstabbing each other and trying to rule some place somewhere, and one of these places has a giant wall, and I've been awaiting for Daenerys to get naked for several seasons now," one viewer told TheYellowDailyNews on condition of anonymity. "Sure, that other witch-like woman gets naked all the time, but she's no Daenerys."

Other TV critics, however, blasted the show, saying it needed more nude scenes to remain relevant.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Exclusive: Trump Paid $42 in Taxes Last Year

PALM BEACH, Fla.—(TYDN) Donald Trump paid $42 in taxes last year, according to his 2015 tax returns obtained by TheYellowDailyNews, TheYellowDailyNews has learned.
Photo: Gage Skidmore/For TYDN

Trump had refrained from releasing his tax returns amid fears he'd be mocked by the right for paying too much.

Analysts who examined the tax returns that were obtained by TheYellowDailyNews agreed that Trump paid a great deal more in taxes than most of the U.S. elite, and was therefore unfit to be the nation's leader. "What a putz. He's a billionaire and paid that massive amount of taxes," billionaire Steve Forbestein quipped in an exclusive interview with TheYellowDailyNews. "How can he be expected to lead the free world when he cannot even manipulate a balance sheet?"

Despite calls for the Republican to abandon his presidential bid, Trump held steady and said he would challenge the "outrageous" amount of taxes taken from him—all the way to the US Supreme Court if necessary.

Speaking poolside outside his 126-room Mar-a-Lago estate here in Palm Beach, Trump said he would release on the IRS an army of tax attorneys.
Photo: Ken Teegardin/For TYDN

"This is outrageous and shocks the conscience that I paid that inordinate amount of taxes to the Barack Obama administration, which is going to waste my hard earned money on healthcare for the poor," Trump said in an exclusive interview with TheYellowDailyNews. "Nobody in their right mind believes that this is fair, and you can bet the Supreme Court won't think so, either."

The 2016 Republican National Convention is to be held July 18-21 in Cleveland, Ohio. The GOP faithful are expected to protest against the presumptive nominee by labeling him a tax "overpayor."

Monica Lewinsky, a spokesman for Hillary Clinton, the presumptive presidential nominee for the Democrats, said Trump should end his campaign immediately. "This should leave a bad taste in voters' mouths," Lewinsky told TheYellowDailyNews in an exclusive interview.
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