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This is why I watch “The Vampire Diaries”

March 30, 2010 1 comment

His name is Ian Somerhalder and he plays Damon Salvatore in “The Vampire Diaries”. Photos grabbed from Season 1, Episode 15.

I’ve always been ga-ga for men with sexy pelvises. HOT!

Here’s a closer look:

Here’s another picture that’s better lighted (so you can see his face) although he’s fully clothed in this one:

grabbed from tvfanatic.com

And here he is with the rest of the main cast:

main cast: Ian Somerhalder as Damon, Nina Dobrev as Elena and Paul Wesley as Stefan (image from poptower.com)

The best part is that he can actually ACT. 😉

At first, I brushed off this series as another Twilight–I thought it was about another stupid girl-falls-in-love-with-vegetarian-vampire story. It was only after I stumbled on a review that compared it to “Buffy, The Vampire Slayer” did I decide to give it a shot. Glad I did because as it turned out, it’s better written and has way more interesting characters.

Ian as the demented and misguided Damon is just perfect. And he doesn’t even get the girl! I mean, really. That Pattinson guy doesn’t stand a chance.

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WHAT-E-VER!!!

Right now, I am extremely pissed at the following:

Mar Roxas – for being such a douche in those campaign ads of his. (No, they are not “advocacy ads” as he claims. We’re not that stupid.) I know you’re not the only “presidentiable” coming out with ads but yours is the most annoying.

Presidentiables – Binay, Lacson, Villar, Roxas, Legarda and the rest…guys, next year pa ang election! Magtrabaho muna kayo bago mangampanya!

Nicole – for being a lying whore. You just don’t file a rape case then retract AFTER your “rapist” is convicted because you suddenly got confused over what happened. Immigrating to the country of your abuser so you can “move on” is like putting salt on the wound. I supported you! I backed you up when friends and colleagues said you were asking for it.

ABS-CBN’s coverage of the Failon case – media critics agree that ABS-CBN failed the test. Their coverage on what happened was extremely one-sided and overly sensationalized.

QCPD – overacting! You’ve just shown your stupidity and ineptness all over national television with the way you handled the Failon case.

I hate it when some people think everyone else is STUPID.

WHATEVER!

Kapuso versus Kapamilya

September 7, 2008 1 comment

Rabid fans of ABS CBN and GMA bring the network wars into a different level. I have always found this phenomenon both disturbing and fascinating.

Here’s a video posted in youtube last month by two writers from the two networks; it’s their own take on the network wars.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

more about “Kapuso versus Kapamilya“, posted with vodpod

ABSCBN and Copyright Laws

August 7, 2008 6 comments

Last April, a blogger at byahilo.com accused ABSCBN show Boy and Kris of “stealing” and airing several photographs from his blog. Here’s an excerpt from the blogalicious entry:

…while at home, he decides to switch on his TV to abs-cbn and chanced upon the show of Boy n Kris which featured a short segment on the Pinatdos Kasadyaan Festival of Tacloban, Leyte. His excitement to see the Festival turned into horror when they started flashing photos.. his photos from his blog one after the other…despite having watermarks of this website.. the photos were cropped to avoid the watermark… when do they ever learn that a photographer has a mental inventory of his photos and can tell if the photo is his if he sees it ( and actually can identfy distinguishing marks on hid photos) . At the end of the segment no credits and no name of photographer even if the photos were clearly visible with watermarks of his website.

Here’s one of the photographs with the very clear watermark (also taken from the same blogalicious entry):

from Biyahilo.com

one of the "stolen" photos from Byahilo.com

According to this video posted on youtube, the blogger tried to contact the staff of the show and even emailed ABSCBN but was not able to talk to anyone.

As expected, the youtube video was attacked by die hard kapamilya fans who bashed the blogger. He was called a GMA fanboy and was accused of lying. But what bothered me the most were comments such as these:

anything posted in the internet without any copyright , and downloaded, is NOT considered as STEALING!

omg, whats wrong with being copied, everybody’s doing reasearch on the net, even an assignment, i guess , you should be happy sikat your pics…anyway, congrats…so small an issue

sorry to tell, ang blog, ay walang copy right law. kapag na published mo yan sa internet, magiging free to all yan. unless gumawa ka ng sarili mo site. tapos lagyan mo ng security. Tanggapin mo na! nautakan ka ng ABS-CBN. Wala kang habol…

sa pagkakalaam ko lahat ng blogsite ay free kaya anyone could download sa blogsite,at kung ayaw mong ma download ng kung sino man ang mga pictures mo e delete mo yang blogsite mo ok, asa ka pa..kahit nga sa friensdter pwede kang mag grabbed ng mga pictures kahit yong may ari ng photos ay walang kaalam alam coz everyone knows the consequences, you should have known better…gawa ka ng sarili mong website at dapat ikaw ang mag program ok tapos gawa ka ng security at copyrighted..wawa ka naman.

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It’s clear that a lot of Filipinos need to be educated about copyright law. It pains me that most of the people who commented on the issue treated the possible copyright infringement as a non-event and that one actually compared it to “doing research on the net, even an assignment“.  Plagiarism has been severely frowned on even before the internet became trendy. I shuddered at how ignorant the pose was when both plagiarism and copyright infringment were regarded as small issues in one breath (naku, think of what Ma’am Armi will say).

I took the trouble of googling copyright law in the Philippines and re-discovered the site that helped me through my media law course: chanrobles.com. I scanned through the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines (otherwise known as Republic Act No. 8293) just to make sure that I remembered things right.

According to Sec. 178, “copyright shall belong to the author of the work” so whether or not the photos were downloaded from a blog or from a personal website, copyright of the photograph belongs to the photographer. Posting it on the internet doesn’t mean the photographer is giving away his ownership rights.

There is no provision that said anything in the internet is free; in contrast, it actually protects works that are made available over the internet. The only unprotected works are the works of the government (speeches, statutes, etcetera) and materials that pertain to “news of the day” or any legislative text.

Sec. 177. Copy or Economic Rights. – Subject to the provisions of Chapter VIII, copyright or economic rights shall consist of the exclusive right to carry out, authorize or prevent the following acts:

177.1. Reproduction of the work or substantial portion of the work;

177.2 Dramatization, translation, adaptation, abridgment, arrangement or other transformation of the work;

177.3. The first public distribution of the original and each copy of the work by sale or other forms of transfer of ownership;

177.4. Rental of the original or a copy of an audiovisual or cinematographic work, a work embodied in a sound recording, a computer program, a compilation of data and other materials or a musical work in graphic form, irrespective of the ownership of the original or the copy which is the subject of the rental; (n)

177.5. Public display of the original or a copy of the work;

177.6. Public performance of the work; and 177.7. Other communication to the public of the work (Sec. 5, P. D. No. 49a)

– from http://www.chanrobles.com/legal7copyright.htm (boldface supplied)

If the byahilo blogger’s accusation is true, then the show committed a crime based on the Intellectual Property Code by using the photographs for commercial use without the photographer’s permission.  In fairness to the blogger, he wasn’t asking for money. Like most artists/writers out there, he would have been satisfied if his blog was even credited as the photographs’ source but he was denied even that.

A lot of photographers are crying foul over the rampant violation of the copyright law. Just recently, Pinoy photographer Anton Sheker sued Manila Bulletin for using his photographs in one of their Travel and Tourism articles.

Another recent violation of the law may be more familiar. Remember this poster publicizing Earth Day Jam 2008?

Re-worked photo on Earth Day Jam poster

Re-worked photo on Earth Day Jam poster

Apparently, the photo of the woman in black holding the guitar was stolen from photographer Alodia Gosiengfiao. According to the blogalicious entry on the subject, the production company which used the photograph was Dimitri Productions. This is what the original photograph looked like:

stolen photo

stolen photo

It falls under the derivative work clause in the Intellectual Property Code which prohibits the transformation of the work without the owner’s permission.

ABS-CBN reportedly negotiated with the byahilo blogger while the Earth Day Jam poster was immediately re-done by the organizers. Sheker’s case against Bulletin is now in court.

It’s a disturbing thought that media companies, both big and small, are seemingly unaware of copyright infringement or perhaps they just don’t care. Is it really that hard to ask permission? Most of these photographers probably won’t ask for money; they’d probably be happy with the credit. The internet is a minefield of resources but it comes with a relative disadvantage: a lot of our media researchers have become lazy.  Honestly, it should take a lot more than right-click-select to get the materials you need.

As for everyone else who consumes the media, it pays to be aware of these things. The internet, considering its reach and its power, is prone to abuse. Comments such as those made in the youtube site only add to the ignorance and mistaken belief that it is no big deal to steal someone else’s creative output. Photographers, writers and other artists post their works on the internet to share their creativity to the world (and to get some publicity). I think it’s just fair to ask their permission when we use their works for financial gain.

Pinoy Idol Rants – Final Chapter

July 6, 2008 2 comments

Ok…I am officially NOT wasting any more of my time on this show after I post this entry.

Robby Navarro, one of the better finalists left in Pinoy Idol was booted out tonight. Granted he gave a lousy performance last Saturday but I think he deserved to stay more than Daryl and Sue. People bash him because the judges obviously like him (is that his fault?) and he is criticized for oversinging. He’s definitely not perfect but as I said, he is one of the better singers left in the competition.

OMG! Look at who’s left… only a miniscule percentage of the contestants barely deserve the title as it is.

I hope Daryl or Sue wins it so the production staff and the “fans” who vote will get the Pinoy Idol they deserve.

On a side note… I think this guy’s hot and he’s got talent. Probably needs to lessen the oversinging–sometimes he goes a little over the top. I mean, we already know you can sing, you don’t have to stylize everything everytime. It still sucks that you got booted out too early. I was expecting you to be among the top four at the very least.

I was rooting for you, Penelope and Kit because I thought that among the Pinoy Idol finalists, you three deserved the title. But I guess majority of the people who actually watch this show think differently.

I’m blaming the staff. They should have done a better job hooking the people’s interest when the show began. Disastrous results–the loss of Bev, Drizzle, Regene, Meryl, Walton, Mae and now Robby–could have been prevented if people other than the contestants’ family, friends and ka-barangay voted every week.

I’m still hoping I’m wrong. I hope that I’ve been too harsh on my judgments and that the remaining contestants will prove me wrong–that they’ll prove that ANY ONE of them deserves to be our representative in the Idol stage.

Pinoy Idol Rants Part 2

July 1, 2008 5 comments

I was extremely frustrated and disappointed that Mae Flores got booted out last Sunday.  The ratings of the show improved, which means that a lot more people are actually tuning in to Pinoy Idol. Last June 27, the Gala Performance night garnered a 30.1% rating. Elimination night got a 25%. It was also among the top three primetime shows that weekend These are based on overnight ratings conducted by AGB Nielsen on Mega Manila households. (Source article here.)

Okay…this somehow proves that people actually watch the show but it doesn’t really prove how many people are actually voting since Pinoy Idol never disclose the figures. I am pissed enough to assume that the only people voting for their favorites are the contestants’ family, friends and barangay.

I didn’t really want to rant about this show again…I mean, how much internet space am I willing to shell out for this? But since I really got pissed, here’s a follow-up to my previous ranting on the fiasco that is Pinoy Idol:

1) Granted, Raymond is less “stiff” since they moved to the bigger stage. I also appreciate his ad libs; it’s obvious that he is listening to what’s happening around him. Weirdly, I never see him beside a contestant anymore. He has his own special spot on stage. I guess production realized that this scenario would look better than the forced rapport audience had to endure whenever Raymond approached the contestants.

2) What’s with the fast cuts right after Raymond’s opening spiel in both the Gala and the Elimination nights? Is that supposed to be exciting? It doesn’t work. It’s jarring and it makes my head ache.

3) Someone should realize that they have bad lighting. Really bad. There was a point during the first gala performance that I could barely see the contestants’ faces. The lights were just too darn bright.

4) Same comment as before…the band plays rock songs as if they’re playing show tunes.

5) To Wyngard…it’s obvious that you’re disappointed with the remaining contestants but I have a bone to pick with you…weren’t you part of the group who chose the Top 24?

6) Why is SUE, TOFFER and DARYL still there? The others, although not spectacular, have talent. These three just confuse me. Honestly, why are you there? Why are you even part of the Top24? WHY?!?

7) What’s with the themes? Last week they chose songs they wanted to dedicate to someone. Ano yun? I haven’t seen most of the contestants’ versatility. Why persist in boxing them in their own personal styles?

If Sue, Toffer and Daryl are still there by next week, I’m giving up on this show. I’m sorry to say this but the network really didn’t do the franchise justice. I really didn’t want to bash it…I had high hopes…but what they did to the franchise just kills me. It’s just so bad. 😦

On Ces Drilon

June 21, 2008 1 comment

Although Ces Drilon is not among my favorite news anchors, I was among those disturbed by her abduction. I was also among those who silently cheered when she and her companions were finally released.

I have a new appreciation for her, especially after hearing her interview. This was so unlike the Ces I’ve seen on television through the years: she was obviously humbled by the experience and constantly apologized to her children and her family.

RG Cruz in his blog writes:

Ces’ trip to my mind is justified. Whatever story it was—-it was worth the trip. But—-there are many ways she could have done it and that is something she now admits. She would have still had the same results if she had resorted to less risky ways. Its upto her to justify why she defied logic and reason and risked her and the her crews lives.

I did not go into journalism because I did not have the drive for it. Speaking as a non-journalist, I feel that there’s no story worth dying for–but that’s just me. I’ve been hearing a barrage of negative comments about Ces–that she asked for it, matigas kasi ulo nya, mayabang.

Personally, I thought she was just doing her job. Granted she may have made wrong decisions but I don’t think she asked to be kidnapped. What happened to her should be taken as a reminder to everyone who works in the media–we are not untouchable. Members of the media sometimes become victims of our own arrogance and what happened to Ces should be taken as a wake-up-call.