The US Supreme Court has ruled that a law which allows “sexually dangerous” prisoners to be jailed forever without trial does not violate the Constitution.
The case centres on Graydon Comstock, who was convicted of possessing child pornography and sentenced to three years imprisonment. He apparently never actually had sex with any children.
Six days prior to the end of his sentence, the government branded him a “sexually dangerous” paedophile who might reoffend, and denied him release, placing him into indefinite “civil commitment” in a federal prison.
He has since spent nearly three years in prison despite having been convicted of no further crime, and having served his sentence.
Release of such “committed” prisoners is possible only if they are deemed to be no longer dangerous – without a treatment program recognised as being capable of this, their imprisonment effectively becomes indefinite.
The law responsible for extending this practice to the federal level, the 2006 Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, was soon challenged by prisoners now being denied release indefinitely, eventually reaching the Supreme Court.
On Monday, the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) posted the policies that the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) uses for searching "documents, personal papers, and electronic information" on laptops and other personal effects. BCCLA obtained the documents through an official Access to Information request that it filed on October 21, 2009.
Nintendo Co said Thursday it has filed a lawsuit against a U.S. firm for selling devices that allow users to download and play pirated versions of the company’s game software. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in the Western District of Washington against NXPGAME Inc after the company ignored repeated warnings from Nintendo to stop selling the so-called game copiers on its multiple websites.
New Mexico's Albuquerque Public Schools held a Thursday hearing over a parent's concerns on the Death Note manga series, but a committee voted unanimously against a proposed district-wide ban on the manga. Peggy Salazar, a mother of a student at Albuquerque's Volcano Vista High School, advocated for the ban and added, "Killing is just not something we should put out there for our kids to read in this way." At least two of the district's 13 other high schools — Valley High School and Atrisco Heritage Academy — also carry the manga in their libraries.
On Wednesday, the North American manga and anime publisher Viz Media released a statement on its website regarding the news that the company had laid off up to 60 people, or 40 percent of its workforce, yesterday.
In the statement, Viz stated that it has "no plans at this time for drastic measures" like product cancellations or business line closures, adding, "your favorite series are not going away." Viz stated that it is "saddened" by the layoffs, but it is "confident that with these changes Viz Media will be more streamlined and able to withstand the climate of the economy at this time."
ANN has confirmed that the public relations and design departments were among the ones affected by the layoffs. Nick Mamatas, the editor who was hired to head Viz's new Haikasoru science fiction novel line, remains employed.
Viz's full statement can be read on ANN.
Update: The Beat blog notes that Vice-President of Sales and Marketing Gonzalo Ferreyra and Senior Director of Public Relations Evelyn Dubocq were laid off. The ICv2 website reports that Senior Vice Presidents (and General Managers) Ken Sasaki and Alvin Lu are now the top executives under CEO Hidemi Fukuhara.
According to an internal email that was sent on friday, the newly hired SPJA CEO Michael Lattanzio has relayed that all relations related to BAM
Marketing were terminated. The termination is immediate due to the SPJA
's desire to seek another direction in terms of marketing.
This comes after Anime Expo
dealers have expressed their unhappiness with the manner in which the marketing company handled dealer placement in the LA Convention center during Anime Expo. There were also claims of dubious business dealings concerning company head Chase Wang.
A standing confidentiality agreement will prevent related personnel from any further contact with BAM Marketing concerning the SPJA or anything related to Anime Expo. The email reiterates this point by restricting it expressly.
Walt Disney Co, the world's largest media company, has acquired comic book pioneer Marvel Entertainment Inc. to the tune of $4 billion. As the new owner, Disney will collect license fees from Universal Orlando theme park rides in Florida, including "The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man" and "Incredible Hulk Coaster," as well as ticket sales from the films "Iron Man 2" and "Thor," distributed by Viacom Inc.'s Paramount Pictures.
Disney will also collect revenue from future projects involving the existing X-Men license to News Copr, Spider-Man to Sony Copr and the Incredible Hulk to General Electric Co.'s NBC Universal Inc. According to the Internet Movie Database, these franchises have a total combined box-office take of $4.5 billion worldwide.
"They have done a nice job with the deals they have in place,” Disney Chief Financial Officer Tom Staggs said yesterday in an interview. “When those deals expire, we’ll take a look at whether to bring them in-house.”
Disney is now in a position to deny its rivals of access to more than 5,000 Marvel characters that aren't already in use. Which marks the second time this year that Disney Chief Executive Robert Iger has asserted on grounds occupied by rivals. After holding talks with Universal
refused to renew TOKYOPOP
's Germany licenses, rumors floated that Kodansha has made it's own entry into the US manga market (no confirmation) and now the official announcement has come from TOKYOPOP that Kodansha has severed ties with them and refuses to renew a number of titles.
Inc. and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions Co., Ltd. announced their joint acquisition of Kaze S.A.S. and Anime Vitual S.A. Kaze
and Anime Virtual
are two of Europe's leading distributors and licensees of Japanese animation. With the acquistion they are set to be a multi-media force in Europe for manga
-based Japanese animation and entertainment. The Paris-based subsidiary VIZ
Media Europe will be at the help of the group's Europe activities.
Prior to the acquisition the Shogakukan & Shueisha Group managed VME's European operations through its U.S. based subsidiary VIZ Media
Strong DVD sales and a Dragonball Z videogame are at the root of FUNimation Entertainments first quarter. It's these properties that have made them exceed their expectations. Navarre Corporation, the corporated parent of the anime licensing and distrubtions company, announced it's better than expected financial results for the first three months of the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2009.