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Copyright Web Portal Online July 1st

Posted by susabelle at 11:12 PM on June 29, 2008

Need to Copyright something? Come July 1st, all you have to do is get on the web to apply for the Copyright. This should make it quick and easy to apply.

The Library of Congress will be opening the portal so you can submit claims electronically. Filing online will save you $10 ($35 online), give you a registration date of when you file and online options like status of the copyright and ability to upload the materials.

It’s all part of an initiative to get services online. The portal was established 10 years ago with the idea being you can copyright items including movies and music faster so nobody tries to stake claim on your material. You can copyright literary works, visual arts works, performing arts works, sound recordings and single serials online. Other claims will be offered later, but for now you must submit via the old process.

Of course there are other ways to obtain a copyright, however they might be a little harder to dispute down the road. Creative Commons, for example, is a Massachusetts based website that lets you copyright while giving people the ability to copy and distribute work.

There is what some call the “Poor Man’s Copyright” where you put your work into a envelope, seal it and mail it to yourself. Do not open the mail until a time where your copyright is in question. You would then present the unopened mail at the inquiry as evidence of your copyright. The Postal date will serve as the copyright date.

This is a questionable practice because some have left the envelope unsealed, therefore the work could be inserted after the mail was sent. The best thing to do is have the work notarized. It would add to the authenticity of the copyright.

Protecting yourself from others that would try to take your work as their own is detrimental. Always obtain a dated copyright before submitting your work. You then have a reference if a dispute is raised.

The US Copyright Office handles over 550 thousand claims annually. The eCO hopes this new system will make copyrights quicker, easier and cheaper. I would guess it’s also so copyright applications will increase – a lot of material out there is not copyrighted.

Want to Win a HP HDX Dragon?

Posted by geeknews at 4:40 AM on April 28, 2008

Hphdx2 I am very pleased to announce that you have 31 chances to win a HP HDX Dragon. The contest for the machine we are giving away starts on the 28th of May with the Dragon being given away on the 4th of June. You will want to be tuned into my Podcast for updates on how you can win!

Everyone that visits the following sites during their contest period May through June and enter the respective sites contest will have a shot at winning one of the hottest computer being sold today.

As I posted in my last post the machine has a retail value of $4500.00 I will be talking about how you can win on the Geek News Central Podcast. One of the sites on the campaign is Andy McCaskey from Slashdotreview.com he and I will be giving away some extra prizes to go along with this promotion.

Below is a list of sites that have been chosen by HP and the folks at Buzz Corps to give away these great machines

Site Name Contest Start Date Contest Award Date
AbsoluteVista.com 2-May 9-May
Ars Technica 3-May 10-May
OSNN.net 4-May 11-May
JKontherun.com 5-May 12-May
Barbs Connected World 6-May 13-May
BostonPocketPC.com 7-May 14-May
The-Gadgeteer.com 8-May 15-May
TheDigitalLifesetyle.com 9-May 16-May
DigitalHomeThoughts.com 10-May 17-May
Windows-now.com 11-May 18-May
WindowsConnected.com 12-May 19-May
Geekstogo.com 13-May 20-May
Bink.nu 14-May 21-May
MediabLab.com
15-May 22-May
Last100.com 16-May 23-May
Digital Inspiration 17-May 24-May
Notebooks.com
18-May 25-May
SlashdotReview.com 19-May 26-May
Neowin.net 20-May 27-May
Geek.com
21-May 28-May
Lockergnome.com 22-May 29-May
Planet x64.com 23-May 30-May
TheGreenButton.com
24-May 31-May
Istartedsomething.com 25-May 1-June
BleepingComputer.com 26-May 2-June
HardwareGeeks.com 27-May 3-June
GeekNewsCentral.com 28-May 4-June
Geekzone.co.nz 29-May 5-June
TheTabletPC.net 30-May 6-June
GearLive.com 31-May 7-June
GottaBeMobile.com 1-June 8-June

Disclosure: This contest is being sponsored by HP and managed by Buzz Corps

What does s-x sell?

Posted by todd at 4:24 AM on March 5, 2008

One of Todd’s listeners commented in the GNC podcast 351 about how the GoDaddy use of provocative women in their marketing turned her off the service. This sentiment was then echoed in podcast 352 by another listener. Both these comments came from women, and research would show that women are more than twice as likely to take offense to the demeaning nature of such advertising. There are a lot of men that are similarly turned away from this style of ad as well and marketers should beware when taking this approach as it could easily backfire on them.

Personally I find the suggestion that buying a particular product might help me “get lucky” insulting and that message is more likely to make me discount the product than buy it. If you need to use so base an instinct to sell your product, what is wrong with it? If you look at some of the results of using provocative images in advertising you can see why some advertisers would be tempted to use it if their target market is predominantly male.

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This is the classic view of provocative advertising. This shows what people say about how advertising effects them. What this doesn’t reveal though is that this type of campaign gets a lot of extra attention to the ad itself, but does not do much for the product you are trying to sell. If you use the primal urge in the ad, men will pay more attention to the ad and not very much at all to the product. In fact using s-x in an ad will actually halve the amount of men that will actually remember your product

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At about this time the female readership is sniggering about men’s lack of ability to focus on more than one thing, and justifiably so. The message is clear, using scantily clad models in your advertising will get a positive reaction from one set of men and a negative reation from other men and most women. Unfortunately for the advertiser, the negative group is the one that will remember your brand. In short, its not a good idea. GoDaddy has become a good example of this. They offer (in my non sponsored opinion) a great service, and I trust my entire Internet presence to them. They have also been really smart in their use of podcasting as an advertising medium. Using a couple of risque pictures has cost them at least two customers, when those pictures have little reflection on their abilities as a company.

This is the full article I used the graphs from

And here’s a backup reference article.