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From May 11, 2006...

Bits, bytes, applets, bandwidth...it may all be computer hoo-ha to you (and me), but the internet is causing quite a stir in the trademark and copyright biz. Today we'll decode some of new legislation that could have a profound impact on how you use the web. As if all that techno-jargon weren't enough...we've got something else to scare ya: zombies! And, new music from singer-songwriter Ron Dometrovich. I'm Greg Bass and this is Tapestry.

Don Stewart's VW Bug

More than two-thirds of Americans have some sort of online access, whether at home or at work, and that means a wealth of information...and prose...and pictures...and art is available to anyone who seeks it. But it's creating a whole new world of problems in the trademark and copyright realms. Intellectual property laws aren't something most of us spend much time thinking about as we tool around the web, but a new bill before Congress could change that, as WBHM's Steve Chiotakis explains, or tries to explain.

What's Yours is Mine

Still trying to figure this thing out? Go to our website, wbhm.org, for more details on the legislation.

Hide and Creep

Ya either love 'em or hate em! Zombies. They've been a fixture in American movies ever since silent films...as directors push the envelope and reinvent even scarier "walking dead." Two Birmingham directors are making their mark on the genre -though in an admittedly campy fashion. (sound clip from film) That's a clip from Hide and Creep - from the Birmingham-based independent film company Crewless Productions. Co-directors Chance Shirley and Chuck Hartsell founded the company in 2001. Hide and Creep is their first full-length feature film and it's making its mark. DVD rental giant Netflix now offers the film and tonight it makes its national debut on television's SciFi Channel. Shirley and Hartsell tell WBHM's Tanya Ott, it's been a long road - from staging "zombiefied" murders in rural Alabama to negotiating distribution contracts with Hollywood-types.

Chance Shirley and Chuck Hartsell on "Hide and Creep"

Chance Shirley and Chuck Hartsell co-directed the zombie flick Hide and Creep, which makes its national debut tonight on the SciFi Channel. If you miss the show, you can catch it on NetFlix - or wait until June 20th when it makes an encore performance on SciFi. And of course, as always, we've got more information on the film, on the Tapestry section of our website, WBHM.org.

Roseanne's Mom

From the walking dead - to Mother's Day? There's a transition for you! But it is that time of year again - a time that's full of cookies, homemade crayola cards and fancy pink flower arrangements with names like "Mother's Devotion" and "Mother's Embrace". But, for commentator, Roseanne Pereira, Mother's Day doesn't have to be soft and sweet.

Roseanne's Mom

Commentator Roseanne Pereira.

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Ron Dometrovich

Birmingham singer-songwriter Ron Dometrovich is out with a new CD. "Broken Hill Ballet and Repertory Company" takes its name from a thriving city in the outback of New South Wales, Australia. It's a region of the world where Dometrovich's music has developed a real following and regularly gets radio airplay. This is the tune "The Devil's Mouth". Ron Dometrovich says this latest album is a departure from other recent CDs. He says it's infused with a bit more rock... (AUDIO MONTAGE)

The song is "The Devil's Mouth" from the CD "Broken Hill Ballet and Repertory Company". You can catch Ron Dometrovich live on the Music Oasis Stage at CityStages next month and we've got downloads of his music on the Tapestry page of wbhm.org.

Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott and Michael Krall. Hunter Bell produces the musician profiles and Francesca Rosko tracks community event. Additional reporting this week from Steve Chiotakis and Roseanne Pereira, who's on loan from NPR through this week...then we have to give her back to Washington. Roseanne - we're gonna miss ya! Next week on the program we'll introduce you to a trio of sisters who are making their mark on bluegrass. I'm Greg Bass. See ya next week!