July 20, 2011 |
Baidu Inc., China's largest search engine, has struck a deal to license songs from three major record labels, giving music companies a rare victory against piracy in the world's most populous country. Terms of the multiyear deal, announced Tuesday, call for Baidu to pay Warner Music Group, Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment for each song that is downloaded or streamed through Baidu's new ad-supported music social network, dubbed Ting. Baidu also agreed to pay the labels for songs delivered through its MP3 Search service.
July 2, 2000
Re "Handgun License Plan Clears Senate Panel," June 28: The proposed law is of course an unconstitutional infringement on the right to keep and bear arms. But that hasn't previously stopped the leftists who control California's government. This law is designed purely to harass law-abiding gun owners and put legal firearms dealers out of business. I own 10 handguns, two rifles and a shotgun. Yet to purchase another weapon, I would have to submit to the onerous requirements of this bill.
May 6, 1990
A "Speaking Out" column (April 15) featured Vernon Martin, an appraiser for a major financial institution, questioning the value of pending legislation that would license and/or certify real estate appraisers. The appraisal profession is unique in that until now, there have been no requirements for entry into the profession. A number of appraisal organizations exist, some more reputable than others, but membership is purely voluntary. The most recognized and prestigious appraisal organizations represent only a small fraction of practicing appraisers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 1992
I am writing in regard to the Nov. 3 article on cat licensing. I believe very strongly that licensing cats is not the answer to the problems of shelters like the one in Camarillo that are forced to euthanize so many cats. One has to ask why so many cats are brought into shelters and not claimed by their owners. The answer is not that the owners can't be located; it is, sadly, that most of those cats either don't have owners or have irresponsible owners. The idea of mandatory rabies vaccination is another misguided solution.
June 30, 1991
Bradley Inman's column, "Auditor Backs Regulatory Framework; Consumer Groups are Critical" (June 9), was very informative. It is obvious to me that the licensing and regulation of 600 professional occupations by California's state government is 600 too many. Harry Snyder of the Consumers Union recognizes that consumers are hurt by this restraint of trade, but he failed to note that individuals who want to break the cycle of poverty and go into business for themselves are also hurt by this elitism.
June 21, 2011 |
When it comes to sequels, "Cars 2" flies in the face of conventional Hollywood calculus. Its predecessor was the least well-reviewed of Pixar Animation Studios' 11 movies and among its poorest performers at the box office — at least, by the premier animation studio's sterling standards. One attribute distinguishes "Cars" from most other films: it sparked a licensing bonanza that continued to fuel merchandise sales long after Lightning McQueen, Mater and the movie's other anthropomorphic autos rolled out of the megaplex.