Find Out What the Law Says About TV and Movie Streaming

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Undoubtedly, TV and movie streaming has now become among the most favorite diversions of online users. In fact, in the United States alone, it was found out that during peak hours, YouTube and Netflix, two popular on-demand streaming media providers, are responsible for up to 70 percent of Internet traffic. It was also found out that more people now prefer TV and movie streaming to downloading large files of such media content which, for so many years, has been the most convenient way of getting movies on the Internet. Why? Because video streaming consumes less time and will not eat up a large memory space on your computer.

 

The Internet is currently saturated with TV and movie streaming websites that offer both free and paid services – some are legal, while some others are not. Thankfully, a good number of movie enthusiasts turn to legal service providers such as Netflix and Hulu. The reason for these people turning to legal websites is actually very enlightening: why not pay film writers, directors, and producers their dues and risk breaking intellectual property laws if you can stream TV shows and movies for a modest amount and watch them uninterruptedly. If only for the fact that Netflix accounts for some 40 percent of Internet traffic in the U.S., we can safely conclude that some legitimate streaming media providers are successful in their own right.

 

Unfortunately, not all people are willing to pay a small fee for subscription services such as Netflix and Hulu, among others. Some users do not deliberately violate intellectual property laws. More often than not, they simply are not aware that what they’re doing is already supportive of a crime. Apparently, many others blatantly ignore copyright laws. Many people upload, download, and stream TV shows and movies online without any care for the creative minds that invented the product. This is really quite disturbing, especially that there are more illegitimate TV and movie streaming websites operating on the Internet.

 

The problem with online streaming is the fact that its legality is debatable. Who is actually guilty of copyright infringement – is it the website owner who uploads copyrighted materials, the viewer, or both?

 

An intellectual property law provides legal protection to film writers, directors, producers, etc. who own a certain intellectual asset. Under this law, copyrights are provided with a bundle of rights so that others can be prevented from copying or counterfeiting other people’s intellectual property. In the United States, as well as in the other countries that signed the international copyright treaties at the Berne Convention, protection of copyright is automatic. Moreover, since it is automatic, intellectual property owners become legally protected right away even though they have not yet registered in the U.S. Copyright Office. This type of intellectual property law states that once an idea has materialized (into a movie, TV show, etc.), the copyright owner is entitled to enforce his rights.

 

If you want to be on the good side of the law as far as streaming video content goes, stick to Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, and others. In addition, make use of an Android TV box that lets you stream the content directly to your TV screen. As far as legality goes, make sure to search online for a great site for Android TV box info since those reviews tackle the legal aspects of such.

10 Advancements In Access Control Technology

Technology is constantly changing, and with it how we live our lives. As new products hit the market, we here at AvTrust will bring them to you.

Here are our top picks for 2017 and where you can find more info for each:

Biometric Technology

Mobile Biometric Technology

Mobile biometric technology is simply biometric technology that is mobile and can go with a person from place to place. This is changing the way the world processes human identification in a few ways. First, as people can move around with biometric technology, readers or scanners can easily and quickly recognize who those people are.

This rapid identification has huge ramifications for things like border control and immigration.

Biometric Access Control

Access control is constantly changing. Similar to human identification, this technology requires a certain biological marker in order to access certain things; these could be rooms, items secured in a biometric safe, entire floors of buildings, or one specific product.

Electronic Technology

There are a lot of examples of electronic access control. One of the best examples, however, is what one of the most recognizable gun and gun safe manufacturers in the world has done: Winchester.

Winchester makes a great product… so great in fact it’s tough to decide which one to purchase. Here’s a good place to start looking at Winchester gun safe reviews.

Other great examples of access control are:

  • Door locks / Front door deadbolts
  • Car door locks with RFID chips
  • RFID chips in general in things like work badges and other such things

Electronic technology has come a long way and will continue to grow very quickly as will biometric technology going forward.

Cards and FOBs

As previously mentioned, another big breakthrough in the last few decades has been the onset of cards and FOBs that use RFID chips to facilitate access control.

One of the great things about FOBs and card’s is the ease of use. For example, if the entire office building uses cards, they can access the doors and enter and exit at the key times, 8am and 5pm, relatively quickly because of the efficiency of the RFID technology. It’s generally almost instantaneous and very quick.

However, biometric technology, for example, is much harder to fool or beat but it takes a bit longer to work. Therefore, having the entire office scan their fingerprint to enter in the morning and afternoon leaving would cause a log jam of sorts, most likely.

This is where the mobile biometric technology comes in and is so exciting. This could revolutionize that practice and someday create a situation where entire complexes could be controlled by biometrics.

While the debate continues as to which is better, electronic or biometric access control, there is one truth that will continue: both are effective ways with their own pros and cons.

We’ve tried to highlight a few of the pros and cons in this article. Hopefully, this will spur your curiosity to go out and learn more about each. Here are another couple of good links: Wikipedia.com and this site.

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Mechanical Engineers Doing Good: Saving Dogs With Degenerative Myelopathy

Degenerative myelopathy is a progressive weakness that affects dog’s hind legs. Commonly a disorder found in German Shepherd dogs over the age of 5 years but can be found in other breeds as well. The condition is painless but can greatly affect a dog’s mobility. It has been described as being similar to multiple sclerosis found in humans, where degeneration of the myelin sheath which surrounds nerves deteriorates, preventing nerves from reaching certain muscles. This results in weakness and uncoordinated movement. It has been described as an autoimmune disease, this is where the dogs own immune system attacks its body, but it is not known why it occurs. Make sure to consult a qualified veterinarian prior to diagnosing the canine with this disease.

There have been suggestions that there is a genetic cause, whilst other researchers consider it to be the result of environmental factors. There is no cure for degenerative myelopathy and so management of symptoms is the only way to go, with drug and rehab programs. Some people opt for euthanasia when the dog’s quality of life decreases, whilst others look for technical devices which can improve mobility.

Symptoms of degenerative myelopathy include your dog dragging his hind legs, difficulty with standing up, uncoordinated gait and lacerations on the top of the rear paws. Dogs will have difficulty navigating steps or hurdles of any size and they may move much slower than they previously did. The main goal if a dog has this disease is to prevent progression of the disease, this can involve maintaining a healthy weight and adding supplementation to your dog’s diet that has been shown to aid cartilage. Swimming can be a gentle exercise for your dog and is great for maintaining fitness. Rehabilitation can teach the owner how to exercise their dog to maximise muscle use, coordination and balance.

Read More: http://cvm.msu.edu/hospital/special-facilities/advanced-rehabilitation-center-for-animals/services/neurological-disorders/degenerative-myelopathy

Mechanical engineers may be able to help you to find a solution for your dog by designing and creating a device that can fit to your dog’s back legs to aid mobility, commonly this will be a lightweight wheeled device that will enable your dog to get around. Mechanical engineers are very creative in creating devices that could aid your dog, and although this may be an expensive way to help your dog, many owners would be happy for anything that helps.