Mr. Lowery goes to Washington.

73 years ago, Congress and the Department Of Justice issued a temporary consent decree to force songwriters to let big companies use their songs without negotiation.

73 years later, that temporary decree is not only still in place, but major broadcasters and webcasters met today to try to uh, influence Congress and the Department Of Justice to keep that consent in place. This decree, by the way, allows a federal judge to randomly decide what a reasonable rate is for a song. It wouldn't surprise me if the rate hasn’t changed in 73 years either.

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Radio 538's new poster campaign nods to porn as women lick hot dogs

Sexist ad of the week is this gem from Radio 538 in the Netherlands and photographed by William Rutten. Fun trivia: "Rutten" means "rotten" in Swedish.

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Stop churning out the Selfie hashtag idea: it's not original and was never any good.

Listen up, brands and social media people, there's one idea so over-used in advertising today that it has its own tumblr Badland site. You see, Your Selfie Idea is Not Original, and that selfie idea is trotted out at least once a day in the ad-world, and no matter what brand signs off on it, the campaign is rubbish. Well, apart from that Samsung underwater selfie stunt, because that was a pretty cool product benefit demonstration.

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Bistro - The cat feeder with cat facial recognition - (2014) 2:00 (USA)

Bistro - The cat feeder with cat facial recognition - (2014) 2:00 (USA)

This is a cat feeder, but with an app. The cat feeder will also have Cat Face Recognition, so it can tell you which one of your cats is eating, and how much.

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Heineken Light / Neil Patrick Harris / Party - (2014) :45 (USA)

Heineken Light / Neil Patrick Harris / Party - (2014) :45 (USA)

Due to complicated broadcast regulations, Neil Patrick Harris is not allowed to drink Heineken Light on camera. This annoys him so.

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"Deki Microloans" Brigitte, Bruno and Ben (2014) 1:15 (US)

"Deki Microloans" Brigitte, Bruno and Ben (2014) 1:15 (US)

Deki is a non-profit that works to provide micro loans for impoverished entrepreneurs living in poverty in Malawi, Ghana and South Sudan.

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Normal "Ear Tailor" (2014) 2:00 (USA)

Normal "Ear Tailor" (2014) 2:00 (USA)

Custom 3d printed earphones tailored to your ears, is a pretty awesome concept. Take a photo of your ear, using an app, and send it to them, and boom, they print out some custom earphones for you.

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The Beancast: Lubricated but loquacious

A Global BeanCast collected in LUBRICATED BUT LOQUACIOUS, which was recorded in the middle of the night for us in Sweden and Faris Yakob, (Genius Steals), who is in London.

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Heineken Light / Neil Patrick Harris - Director - (2014) :60 (USA)

Heineken Light / Neil Patrick Harris - Director - (2014) :60 (USA)

Oh, there it is. as we have seen with the earlier advert, Neil Patrick Harris wins the world, and oh, by the way.... He's not allowed to drink beer on camera.

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Heineken Light / Neil Patrick Harris / Rules - (2014) :15 (USA)

Heineken Light / Neil Patrick Harris / Rules - (2014) :15 (USA)

Here's the thing. Neil Patrick Harris is fabulous. Neil Patrick Harris has a prettier husband than you. Neil Patrick Harris has cuter children that you. Neil Patrick Harris has a better marriage than you. And oh...

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