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06 March 2008



Good analysis of a difficult problem presented at today's meeting. It's easy for people to rail about what we need (The Onion) but coming up with actual positive solutions is much harder.

Douglas Keachie

[But, here’s the real kicker, what percent of our high school grads get college degrees in fields that make them welcome wealth generators?]

What percentage of them can afford to even go, given wages paid their parents and the lack of money for loans?

Dear George,

You don't call me dumbth, and I'll not strafe your blog again, or will I publish deliciously chosen snippets in appropriate places in The Union commenting areas. You also do not delete any of my posts here, or all bets are off on the latter. Let this be a lesson.....

Douglas Keachie

that should have been "nor" not "or"

Overtaxed and Unheard

Who is Douglas Keachie?
The Union
"Man arrested at 'Star Wars' showing for alleged videotaping
2:01 p.m. PT May 20, 2005

A 60-year-old North San Juan man was arrested just after 5 p.m. Thursday on suspicion of videotaping a showing of “Star Wars Episode III — Revenge of the Sith” at the Del Oro Theatre.

According to Grass Valley police logs, Douglas Keachie was arrested at 5:01 p.m. He was attending the 3:15 p.m. showing at the Del Oro Theatre on Mill Street at the time of his arrest."
But Del Oro Theatre co-owner Mike Getz said Keachie's actions Thursday amount to movie piracy. Signs near the entrance to the theater clearly state that video recording devices are prohibited, he said.

"People who are (pirating films) are costing us billions of dollars a year," Getz said of the cinema industry.

Keachie was approached by Del Oro employees after movie patrons complained of his use of the digital camera, which has a video component that Keachie said he did not use.

Keachie refused, Getz said, and only stopped snapping photos after a patron made a citizen's arrest and detained him until police arrived at the conclusion of the movie, Getz said.

"He was very uncooperative," Getz said of Keachie."

Douglas Keachie

What isn't in The Union newspaper is that Lucas himself had no beef with amateur stills. Within 3 weeks a search for Sith on Flickr.com, show 70,000 different pictures from the movie posted. Obviously no other patrons of theaters were arrested, once the bounty was claimed.

What else isn't in the Union and Getz isn't mentioning is that the MPAA had set up a bounty for the first "filmer" caught. So well oiled was the machine that it was not The Union that scooped the story, but rather an AP reporter out of San Francisco.

There is no doubt in my mind that Getz called MPAA immediately and they called the reporter, and he had it on the wire across 300 outlets before The Union could even get a reporter to give me a call. What did Getz do with his bounty, and how come he goes around begging the public for money to repaint the mural? Seems to me it would be a good use of the cash.

BTW, case diverted, 30 hours community service at a non profit I volunteer for anyway. Big Deal, no mugshot, camera and photos returned intact, guess they could see where they might have been sued, I've got better things to do.

Like enjoy the investment in our home theater, since we no longer go to any Getz theaters. Should I ever get an apology, we'll reconsider. We are neighbors on the North San Juan Ridge (3 air miles, but there's only 3,000 people up here).

Lemme Guess, AR or AlwaysRyghty of The Union posted this story. BTW, check the GVPD logs, I surrendered myself to them, after the movie was over, 3 blocks away. No use of video was ever found.

My wife adds that the new laws (1996, I think) for teachers allow for "fair use," and I am still active in my profession, as is she.

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