A former executive of Napster, Milton Everett Olin Jr., met with a tragic accident on Sunday after he was hit by a police car while he was on his bicycle, ending his life at that very instant itself. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department reported that the 65 year old Everett was cycling in the bike lane when he was hit by the unidentified deputy. Apparently, the policeman happened to be driving in the same direction that Everett was cycling in when the fateful accident happened on Mulholland Highway.
The Daily News reported that Olin ended up on the windshield, and the force of his landing managed to shatter the glass, before succumbing to his injuries later on. The driver, understandably, suffered from just minor injuries and was sent to a hospital later on for treatment. It remains to be seen just what the cause of the accident was. Another life cut short due to unforeseen circumstances. Don’t police cars have this special dashboard camera that records all that happens on the road in front of them? Is it so difficult to pull out such a recording and determine what the cause of the accident was, or is there something that is being covered up?
It has been said that a fair number of the hugely popular YouTube channels that have been concentrating on bringing the latest gaming development news to millions of subscribers have been hit by a bunch of copyright violation notices as recently as this week. This is not a good thing to experience, actually, as it could actually result in the closure of such popular gaming channels – permanently. According to VG247, there was this single unnamed YouTube channel which managed to generate more than 6.7 million video views each month, and this channel has been on the receiving end of copyright notices from a certain company known as IDOL, a music distribution firm.
IDOL is apparently a company that actually distributes many individual music companies, hence the reason behind them being linked to a fair number of claims. After all, YouTube must have done something that allowed the matching of copyrighted footage (game audio included) with their music library, before sending out content ID claims. IDOL has remained mum on the back of such reports, with a fair number of game publishers, including the likes of Capcom, Codemasters, Deep Silver and Ubisoft, already tweeted that the content claims do not originate from them. Will things get better down the road? Perhaps not, but time will tell.