MPA Blitzes Congress Over Copyright Threat

first_imgAs FOLIO: first reported, National Geographic is fighting a copyright case against a former photographer in 11th Circuit Court of Appeals over the Complete National Geographic, a pioneering CD-ROM project the magazine released in 1997. In that case, now entering its 11th year of litigation, a Florida judge awarded the photographer $400,000 in damages in 2004—a decision National Geographic appealed.The amended version of the PRO-IP bill is now under consideration by the full Judiciary Committee. The MPA says there is “always the possibility that a similar statutory damages provision could be introduced at some point in the future.” The House Judiciary subcommittee voted unanimously last week to send an amended version of a bill to the full judiciary committee, striking a section that would have changed the civil penalties for copyright infringements in compilations to allow each work in a compilation to count as a separate infringement. In a note to members, the Magazine Publishers of America called Section 104 of the H.R. 4279 PRO-IP bill a “very damaging provision for the magazine industry.” The bill would have allowed plaintiffs to collect multiple awards of statutory damages, the possibility of which, the MPA says, would likely have kept magazine publishers from putting complete editions of a magazine on DVD.The MPA and other groups, including the Digital Media Association (representing Microsoft, Google and Yahoo) and the Printing Industries of America, have fought a vigorous campaign to remove that section from the legislation. In January, the MPA met with House and Judiciary Committee leadership to discuss the case, and last month “blitzed” key committee members’ Congressional offices.last_img read more

Navy Signs Massive Power Purchase Deal for 14 California Bases

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Navy, Western Area Power Administration and Sempra U.S. Gas & Power on Thursday held a ceremony at Naval Air Station North Island, Calif., marking an agreement for eight Navy installations and six Marine Corps bases in California to obtain power from a 210-megawatt direct current solar facility scheduled for construction 60 miles west of Phoenix.The agreement — which will meet one-third of the installations’ energy requirements over its 25-year term — is the largest purchase of renewable energy ever made by a federal entity, according to a Navy press release.Sempra will begin constructing Mesquite Solar 3, which will include more than 650,000 photovoltaic panels on ground-mounted, horizontal, single-axis trackers, this month. The renewable energy developer expects the project to be finished by the end of 2016.Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus underscored the deal’s significance.“The collaboration on Mesquite Solar 3 is a triumph of innovative problem solving, and will help to increase the DON’s [Department of the Navy’s] energy security by diversifying our power portfolio and improving energy efficiency,” said Mabus. “This agreement is also projected to save the DON at least 90 million dollars over the life of the project,” he said.In addition to helping the 14 installations diversify their energy portfolio and provide long-term cost stability, the project will help them comply with California’s renewable portfolio standard.  The solar facility will contribute 21 percent of the power needed to meet Mabus’ goal of bringing one gigawatt of renewable energy into procurement by the end of 2015.With the signing of the Mesquite Solar 3 project (210 megawatts), the recent groundbreaking at Camp Lejeune, N.C., (17 MW) last month, and a groundbreaking coming shortly at Kings Bay, Ga., (42 MW), the Navy is on track to meet that goal, with a total of 1.2 gigawatts of projects in the pipeline, according to the release.California installations that will be supplied energy from the Mesquite 3 Solar farm include: Naval Base (NB) San Diego, NB Coronado, NB Point Loma, NB Ventura County, Naval Postgraduate School Monterey, Naval War Station (NWS) Corona, NWS Seal Beach, NWS Fallbrook, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center 29 Palms, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow, Marine Corps Recruitment Depot San Diego and Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center Bridgeport.last_img read more

OBITUARY Cesino B Chet Perella 86

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Cesino  B. “Chet” Perella, 86, of Wilmington, formerly of Jeffersonville, IN and North Reading, died at his home on April 17, 2018. He was the beloved husband of the late Jeana “Charlene” (Doan) Perella, who died this past September.Born in Boston, MA on May 21, 1931. He was the son of the late Ludovico and Alsa (Gerosina) Perella. He was raised in Medford and was a graduate of Medford High School. Chet was a U.S. Air Force Veteran of the Korean War, he was an Airman First Class and served from 1950 to 1954.Chet was a chef and caterer for many years, he owned and operated Perella’s Cold Cut Center and Perella’s Catering, he also worked for Lombardo’s, Shriner’s Hospital for Children, Houghton Mufflin and Wang. He was a member of the North Reading Masonic Lodge and a Life member of the Lawrence United Masonic Lodge, he was also a member of the Shriner’s and the North Reading Moose Lodge.Chet was a fun loving person, who loved to travel with family and friends. He volunteered extensively for the Shriner’s and Mason organizations. He loved college football, cooking and volunteering many hours umpiring for the North Reading Men’s Softball League and the North Reading Little League.Family members include his loving children, Pamela Lewis and her husband Jerry,  Louie Perella and his wife Doreen, James Perella and his wife Kathy and Sherri White and her husband Steven;  brother, Ludovico Perella and his wife Mary and sister, Gina Vozzella; brother-in-law, James Doan and his wife Elaine ; six grandchildren, Kurt Jones and his wife Breanne, Eric Jones, Jenelle Braga and her husband Brian, Lou E. Perella and his wife Laura, Kyle White and Ethan White; 6 great grandchildren, Nate, Preston, Norah, Riley, Kailey and Lucy.His funeral will be held at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Monday, April 23 at 10:30 AM. Calling hours will be held on Sunday, April 22 from 2 to 6 PM. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in North Reading. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to: Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 51 Blossom Street, Boston, MA 02114.Cesino  B. “Chet” Perella(NOTE: The above obituary is from Croswell Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: James Thayer Hastings, 84In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Thomas F. Connolly, 86In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: John “Jack” Tannian, Jr., 89In “Obituaries”last_img read more