TRUST List: Syfy Brings “Rock’em-Sock’em” Robots to Life, Grey Poupon Gets Dangerous, The End of Piracy?, and A Word on The Rhythm & Hues-Oscar Fiasco

Co.Create: How To Build a Robot Army: Inside the Robot Combat League

Taking a page directly out of “Real Steel,” Syfy is slated to unveil its newest original program, “The Robot Combat League.” One part WWE, another part MechWarrior, this show will pit 8-foot tall robots against one another in a UFC-style brawl. The future is here and we’re getting what we were promised: giant fighting robots! Check out a trailer below.

Creativity: Grey Poupon: The Lost Footage

Ever wonder what happened after those two gents in the classic Grey Poupon ad parted ways, one of them making off with the other’s jar of the savory condiment? Well, Crispin, Porter & Bogusky has “found” the rest of the ad, which supposedly never aired when the commercial was originally produced. To be fair, if someone stole our mustard, we’d have the same reaction. Watch the teaser below.

Slate: Six Strikes Copyright Enforcement Law Launches

Pirates, casual and serious, beware – the newly enacted “Copyright Alert System” Law has gone into effect. “What is the Copyright Alert System,” you ask? Here’s the skinny: if you download, torrent, or P2P a copyrighted file or piece of data (music, movies, programs, etc.) and your ISP suspects you of doing so, they now have the right to choke your bandwidth, and within “six strikes” can shut off your service and prosecute you to the full extent of DMCA Law. In effect: Piracy is dead, long live piracy. Here’s a nifty guide on “How to Avoid Triggering the New Copyright Alert System” via the DailyDot.

Co.Create: When Winning Oscars Means Bankruptcy: VFX Artists Protest the Academy Awards

After celebrating this past Sunday’s Oscar-winners for their talent and vision, we must pause to consider the artists that work long hours behind the scenes to bring us these wonderful flights of fancy. “Life of Pi,” the expansive CG extravaganza directed by Ang Lee, has come under scrutiny after bankrupting the VFX company that created it, leaving the artists and technologists behind the film out of the job. At the ceremony on Sunday, the issue was glossed over as more than 400 members of the VFX-community protested outside the Oscars. A controversial topic, to be sure, but one that needs to be addressed and discussed by both artists and the public alike.