Kathryn Johnston: remember her name. Died at age 92. Survived the Great Depression, two World Wars, Jim Crow, and more. But she couldn’t survive corrupt and incompetent police. I’ve included information about her shooting below, but if you want the details, with citations, click here. It’s worth it. It’s truly unbelievable. The level of incompetence and corruption is in this story is simply amazing. You know that I try to keep things pretty positive on this blog, there’s so much negativity around the web. But all good people, regardless of your skin color or ethnic or racial background, need to be thoughtful, concerned, and actionable about foolishness like this.
Kathryn Johnston (June 26, 1914 – November 21, 2006) was an elderly Atlanta, Georgia, woman who was shot by undercover police officers in her home on Neal Street in northwest Atlanta on November 21, 2006, where she had lived for 17 years. Three officers had entered her home in what was later described as a ‘botched’ drug raid. Officers cut off burglar bars and broke down her door using a no-knock warrant. Police said Johnston fired at them and they fired in response; she fired one shot out the door over the officers’ heads and they fired 39 shots, five or six of which hit her. None of the officers were injured by her gunfire, but Johnston was killed by the officers. Police injuries were later attributed to “friendly fire” from each other’s weapons.
One of the officers planted marijuana in Johnston’s house after the shooting. Later investigations found that the paperwork stating that drugs present at Johnston’s house, which had been the basis for the raid, had been falsified. The officers later admitted to having lied when they submitted cocaine as evidence claiming that they had bought it at Johnston’s house. Three officers were tried for manslaughter and other charges surrounding falsification and were sentenced to ten, six, and five years.
My opinion on React World and why everyone needs to Calm Down
Ok, everyone needs to calm down and please do your research before jumping on the band-wagon of hate.
We’ll just jump right into things shall we. If you would like to take a look at what I’m talking about please watch the video http://bit.ly/reactworld
This is currently a very controversial a hot button topic. Please read to the end, I try to look at both sides of the debate.
The Fine Bros. are NOT trying to trademark/copyright reaction videos.. They’re trademarking their specific React series, which any, ANY producer does to their own content to ensure it is protected.
This is not an assumption. Here is a direct quote from the FBE Facebook page.
“We do not own the idea or copyright for reaction videos overall, nor did we ever say we did. You don’t need anyone’s permission to make these kinds of videos, and we’re not coming after anyone…
We are in no way claiming reaction content in general is our intellectual property.” (Fine Brothers Entertainment, Facebook, 29/01/16)
We’ll use the example they made in the video; the “Got Talent” franchise. ANYONE can still make a talent show and they can broadcast it on TV and post videos on the internet and it can be widely successful. But the trademark law enforces the following:
They can’t call it “___ Got Talent”, that’s trademarked. They can’t use the format of the show with the red Xs and other unique elements. You have to come up with something new.
The Fine Brothers are NOT trying to copyright reaction videos, if they were trying to do this they’d cease to exist as a company. Trademarking their series and licensing it out is a way to give other producers, world wide, the opportunity to create with their format, graphics and title and join an already successful franchise. And yes, you pass on commission to Fine Brothers Entertainment, but you’d expect to, wouldn’t you? You’re using their content, a show they created, and probably gaining some of their fan base along with getting marketing and ad support directly from FBE.
Here’s where I personally think it gets tricky with this particular circumstance. The shows are called, Kids React, Youtubers React, Elders React, etc. Unfortunately, these titles are simple English sentence syntax. If I filmed my nephew and his friends watching badminton for the first time and uploaded it, I wouldn’t think twice about calling it “Kids React to Badminton”. Which, would get me in trouble. If the FBE shows were called, for example, Action Reaction (just roll with it), this wouldn’t be an easy trap to fall into. You could upload your “Kids React to Badminton” and not be infringing on the FBE show “Kids on Action Reaction”.
This is where I believe the downfall occurs. It’s almost like a talent show trying to trademark the name “Talent Show” for themselves. They’re not trying to trademark all talent shows, just the name “Talent Show” which seems very dodgy.
So do they rename a show that has been successful for over five years, and was essentially TheFineBros call to fame? Who’s to say.
TO THE FINE BROS.
Please define your “React format” which you are referencing so much. Your only answer so far has been:
“Watch any of our series that is part of the React World license, that is the exact format. It’s not one or two elements, it’s all of the elements of the show all used in the same style and way.”
Not good enough. We’re talking about the copyright and trademark law here. You can’t be vague. You MUST define each element and have a written document defining specifically what your format is.
It’s not a perfect process, but with the feedback received I think they’re definitely looking at a more appropriate way to make React World happen, without hurting the little guy.