May this failure be with you.
Disney faced ruthless backlash on Twitter this week as it hyped up the popular annual “Star Wars” hashtag “#MayThe4th” — while also appearing to claim the right to use any tweets using the tag — a riff on the line “May the Force be with you.”
“Celebrate the Saga! Reply with your favorite #StarWars memory and you may see it somewhere special on #MayThe4th,” Disney’s streaming service, Disney Plus, tweeted on Monday.
Mocking tweets came swiftly and in abundance.
“I was born on May 4th – does that mean you technically own my birthday? #MayThe4th,” one user tweeted.
James Felton quipped, “By sharing your message with me using #Caturday you agree to giving me all your cats….”
The company, appearing to try and save face, tweeted again more than five hours later clarifying that the terms and conditions only apple to replies to its original tweet that mention both #MayThe4th and @DisneyPlus handle.
But it was too late.
“Might have been an idea to have said this in the other tweet, and in a way that didn’t sound like a team of lawyers were going to do a smackdown on those who tweeted,” wrote @darylbaxter.
“Nice backpedal,” another added.
Someone else replied while including the handle for Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s CEO, asking, “At what point do you step in and specifically say that hash tags don’t belong to anyone?”
Intellectual property law experts appear to already have the answer. Michael Carrier, a law professor at Rutgers Law School, told The New York Times he doesn’t believe Disney has the rights to someone else’s tweets — even as described in the company’s most narrowly defined terms.
“Copyright exists to protect creation and it exists from the moment that you create something,” Carrier told the paper.
“It doesn’t matter if you’re sending a message to Disney, it doesn’t matter if you’re using a hashtag that Disney said to use, it doesn’t matter if you mention Disney Plus,” he added.
Liquid Media Announces USD$4.0 Million Registered Direct Offering – GlobeNewswire
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, June 04, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Liquid Media Group Ltd. (the “Company”, “Liquid Media” or “Liquid”) (Nasdaq: YVR), today announced that it has entered into definitive agreements with several institutional and accredited investors for the issuance and sale of an aggregate of 2,666,668 of its common shares, at a purchase price of USD$1.50 per share, in a registered direct offering. Liquid Media has also agreed to issue to the investors unregistered warrants to purchase up to an aggregate of 1,333,334 of common shares. The closing of the offering is expected to occur on or about June 8, 2020, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.
H.C. Wainwright & Co. is acting as the exclusive placement agent for the offering.
The warrants have an exercise price equal to USD$1.88 per share, are exercisable immediately and will expire five years from the issuance date.
The gross proceeds from the offering are expected to be approximately USD$4.0 million. The Company intends to use the net proceeds from the offering for working capital purposes, expanding existing businesses or acquiring or investing in businesses, debt reduction or debt refinancing, capital expenditures and other general corporate purposes.
The common shares described above (but not the warrants or the common shares underlying the warrants) are being offered and sold by the Company in a registered direct offering pursuant to a “shelf” registration statement on Form F-3 (Registration No. 333-237982), including an accompanying prospectus, previously filed with, and declared effective by, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on May 15, 2020. The offering of the common shares will be made only by means of a prospectus supplement that forms a part of the registration statement. A final prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus relating to the registered direct offering will be filed with the SEC and will be available on the SEC’s website located at http://www.sec.gov. Electronic copies of the prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus may also be obtained by contacting H.C. Wainwright & Co., LLC at 430 Park Avenue, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10022, by phone at 646-975-6996 or e-mail at email@example.com.
The warrants described above were offered in a private placement under Section 4(a)(2) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Act”), and Regulation D promulgated thereunder and, along with the common shares underlying the warrants, have not been registered under the Act, or applicable state securities laws. Accordingly, the warrants and the underlying common shares may not be offered or sold in the United States except pursuant to an effective registration statement or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Act and such applicable state securities laws.
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.
About Liquid Media Group Ltd.
Liquid Media Group Ltd. (Nasdaq: YVR) is an entertainment company with a strong portfolio of content intellectual property (IP) spanning creative industries. Originating in Vancouver’s media and entertainment supercluster, Liquid’s mission is to empower storytellers worldwide to develop, produce and distribute content across channels and platforms.
Liquid Media’s leadership team includes Chairman Joshua Jackson (actor / producer, television and film), Chief Financial Officer Daniel Cruz (previously of Canaccord Financial), Managing Director Charlie Brezer (serial entrepreneur), Director Stephen Jackson (Northland Properties), and Director Nancy Basi (veteran Media + Entertainment expert), alongside Advisory Board members Wilson J. Tang (acclaimed digital entertainment veteran), Andrew Kaplan (capital markets strategist) and Michael Timothy Doyle (veteran interactive entertainment industry production executive). Each brings decades of industry expertise and significant passion to advance the Company’s mission.
Additional information is available at www.LiquidMediaGroup.co.
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This news release includes statements containing certain “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities law (“forward-looking statements”). Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words such as: “believe”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “intend”, “estimate”, “potentially” and similar expressions, or are those, which, by their nature, refer to future events. These statements should not be read as guarantees of future performance or results. Such statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from those implied by such statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to, the risk that the conditions to closing the offering may not be satisfied in a timely manner or that the offering may not be consummated at all, developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic, regulatory actions, market prices, continued availability of capital and financing, and general economic, market or business conditions. Investors are cautioned that any such statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on the beliefs, estimates and opinions of the Company’s management on the date the statements are made. The Company is under no obligation, and expressly disclaims any intention or obligation, to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as expressly required by applicable law.
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Editorial – Why local media matters – The Morrisburg Leader
The role of independent media is to present the facts to the readers and viewers to enable them to form opinions and make informed choices about what affects them. That responsibility includes holding government to account when officials, elected or otherwise, are not representing your interests. What we have seen in recent years by politicians and governments at all levels is the increased desire to act as reporter and choosing to report on the issues themselves. Why have media discern the message and present the facts when government can contact the people directly? There can be no harm in that, can there? Except there is great harm being done by this.
Across North America, vast regions have become media deserts where news is only disseminated through press releases and social media posts. On a near weekly basis, and currently amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic, newspapers and other media outlets are shuttered. Seven community newspapers in Canada announced their closure on June 1st. Government attempting to control the message has not helped in this respect.
Media representatives for various levels of local government now “live-tweet” council meetings as they occur. All filtered through the lens of the government employee using the account without context or background. Without the context of the entire discussion, how do you know if your elected official(s) are really representing you?
A June 2nd conference call between journalists and local MP Eric Duncan highlights this point. Journalists from most of the riding’s media outlets were in attendance, but the call was also streamed by Duncan’s office to social media for constituents to see. No news or announcements were made, leaving journalists to ask questions for show.
Look back in the past five years of The Leader. Had it not been for a local independent press, readers would not have learned of discussions in 2017 to sell off South Dundas park land, the issues with the Carman House would not have come forward, and Forward House would already be an empty lot. Readers would not have learned of issues at the Galop Canal Marina, South Dundas’ schools would probably have been closed, and Grand Trunk 1008 would likely be in its new home in Brockville.
Local media, including this paper, needs your continued support. Buy a paper. Subscribe. Share the stories posted online too, and shop at local businesses who advertise in The Leader. Let those businesses know you saw their ad in the paper. Without independent media, how will others be held to account?
Police Chief responds to controversy over social media posts – Quinte News
Editor’s Note: Constable Todd Bennett has taken down his social media posts and has since apologized, stating he did not mean to offend anyone
Belleville Police Chief Ron Gignac has responded to our request for comment on the social media firestorm surrounding Constable Todd Bennett. CLICK HERE FOR PREVIOUS STORY
BELOW IS THE STATEMENT FROM CHIEF GIGNAC
I know that you know- that our officers and staff here in Belleville serve this Region with honor and sacrifice every day and night. One isolated post from 47 weeks ago does not represent the hundreds of thousands of events and instances where Belleville police officers have kept this community safe over the past year. We work tirelessly to serve with distinction to keep this community safe. I wish I could have media really know the hearts and minds of my people here and the work that’s being done behind the scenes and out of the limelight for our City.
I remind folks from time to time that our constitution and charter of rights and freedoms also guarantees the rights and freedoms of speech and expression even if we vehemently disagree on what is said or expressed. We have an internal accountability matrix and policies and procedures that must adhere to the Police services act of Ontario and the rule of case law, and legal requirements. The matter in question is dealt with according to the legal frameworks that I have to abide within and by. I am unable to comment upon any specifics about Constable Bennett, just as I cannot comment upon specifics of investigations or personal matters of members of the public. It’s the same as the college of surgeons and physicians— they cannot release the specifics of any internal processes, or comment upon personal privacy matters as it relates to their membership. Constable Bennett has also served the citizens of Belleville as a police officer and volunteer in our City for 29 years. He has also done many good things for others and saved lives in that time span.
Thus far in the United States there have been multiple police officers murdered in these riots and looting. Anarchists, authority haters, and police haters send us mail every day. We must be careful not to give these groups hero status, or a platform to spew their negativity and hatred, as they are unfortunately mixed in with lawful protesters and peaceful people wanting to make change and make our World and Country a better place.
As a metis from the metis nation of Ontario, I have a family background of Metis, (Ojibway/French, OjiCree/ Irish), and Hungarian. Wow—-what a mixed bag eh! Growing up, I knew what it felt like to be discriminated upon. At times, it was almost dehumanizing because I looked like an “Indian”. There were times throughout school and as a teen when I would be assaulted and had to fight back, was ganged up on, called a wagon burner, injun, redskin, half breed, and a host of other expletives. I do have an understanding of racial profiling from personal experiences. That said, I understand that we do not live in a perfect world, and there are no perfect people in our world- and you cannot let what’s being said or done to you by others define who you are and what you desire to be in your life’s calling. I do not harbour resentment or hate for those people. I forgive them. I believe in second chances, and I believe that everyone deserves second chances, and opportunities to improve and be enlightened. People can change, and in many cases, with experience and a listening and discerning ear, we can all modify our stances and beliefs upon many things.
Since becoming Chief here in Belleville, and for many years prior- I have two important pictures hanging upon my wall. John F. Kennedy, and Martin Luther King Jr. Everyone sees them when you first walk into my office. Under Martin Luther King Junior’s leadership for civil rights and President Kennedy’s leadership, massive strides were achieved for that great and important cause. It made the World a better place. Those marches under Martin Luther King Jr did not cause National looting, did not kill multiple police officers across the Country, and did not destroy businesses, and hundreds of millions of dollars of infrastructure, community, and personal property of hard working citizens like we are witnessing today in the USA.
In closing my personal message to you, I’ll refer to a parable in the Bible that I often think of and try to apply to many things when dealing with others (That’s why at every swearing in ceremony I run with Judge Hunter, you will hear me say- “Anyone can follow the letter of the law, but always try to apply the spirit of law when dealing with others: It teaches us to be slow to criticize, and to forgive others.
We know that we are held to a higher level of accountability than others as police officers, and strive to live up to that standard every day. At times, we all fail at that- that’s being human with vulnerabilities and shortfalls. We try and learn from our mistakes, improve, and move on to make things better.
And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,
4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.
5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?
6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.
7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.
9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?
11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
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