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How the Ravens' win actually hurt them, internet radio copyright is dumb, and more

Damn, that Ravens win over the Browns on the blocked field goal was pretty great, right? Just look at all these videos made by Cleveland fans inside the stadium and try to hide the schadenfreude. But what did the win do for the Ravens, other than offer a bit of a morale boost? It lowered their chances of landing the first pick in the NFL Draft and didn't help their odds of making the postseason, according to The Sun. Oh. FiveThirtyEight crunched the numbers and the Ravens only have a 4 percent of making the postseason, writes The Sun's Jon Meoli. Meanwhile, their chances of landing the top overall selection in the draft fell from 10.7 percent to 1.7 percent, according to figures from Football Outsiders. Go team? (Brandon Weigel)


Fortune reported last week that Pandora saw a bump in its stock prices after the internet radio station confirmed that it would be streaming songs from Adele's new album, "25," after Adele's camp announced that the album wouldn't be available on Spotify or Apple Music. "Unlike other services, Pandora is more like a radio station that streams songs based on genres or artists rather than letting users choose to listen to specific songs," the article says. "And that’s exactly why Pandora can decide, unilaterally, to stream songs from 25. Because it’s a 'non-interactive' service—meaning, akin to traditional radio broadcast—Pandora can legally stream any copyrighted song as long as it pays a fee pre-determined by the federal government." But that ability to stream any copyrighted song has caused some serious legal headaches for Pandora, thanks to the fact that copyright laws in the U.S. weren't designed when internet radio was an option, and thus are kind of a clusterfuck when applied to internet radio. Sarah Jeong breaks it all down in her aptly titled article, "Internet Radio Copyright is Bad and Dumb: A Comprehensive Explainer." The article lives up to the headline, with charts and a Q&A format that will help any layperson understand how deeply bad and terribly dumb internet radio copyright truly is. (Anna Walsh)


This afternoon people mocked the Drudge Report with delight as they reported Leonardo DiCaprio is raped by a bear in his new Oscar-bait wildnerness survival flick, "The Revenant." This caused Gawker to ask, "How Did Drudge Fuck Up His Bear Rape Scoop?" Well, they don't actually have an answer from Drudge, but there is (spoiler) the revelation that DiCaprio, who plays fur trapper Hugh Glass, is indeed mauled by the bear. Brian Abrams of Death and Taxes Magazine was so captivated because (more spoilers) "the bear, an incredible work of CGI, was so convincing as it mauled DiCaprio’s neck, crushed his spine, gnawed into his backside, and tossed him around the woodlands as if our A-lister were a mere bearded Raggedy Andy." (Brandon Weigel)

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