Lawyer Confused by Creative Commons

When it comes to copyright, everyone’s an expert it seems. And often, what they think they know they really don’t. This is actually MORE common than you’d think with lawyers, who often become experts in a certain type of law, and think they can lecture other kinds. It’s not so rare, Law professors make lousy […]
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Valenti’s Boston Ripper Storms Apple Trial

Today, during the Apple-Samsung patent trial case, a blast from the past was resurrected by Apple. During final statements before a Jury would consider damages in a rehearing of the massive patent infringement suit, Apple attorney Harold McElhinny channelled the spirit of MPAA honcho and copyright maximalist Jack Valenti. Today, during the Apple-Samsung patent trial […]
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Jeremy Hammond Lulz-ing in Jail

There are petitions all over the internet right now, pleading for a judge to give someone an easy time. They’re full of claims about how what he did was not that bad, and he did it ‘for good’ etc. It’s all poppycock. These same people cry out ‘double standards’ if someone else gets preferential treatment, […]
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The Shutdown is NOT Working for Republicans

For Republicans in Congress I have this little tidbit to offer. Give it up, it’s not working. The idea of shutting down the government to protect your principles seems like a nice idea, but it’s not working out for you. For a start, it actually goes against your principles, in that it’s harming the economy […]
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CISPA, SOPA, PIPA, ePARASITE, ACTA, TPP: What is Congress Smoking?

In 2012, I was moderating a panel on the major technological legislative acts that were pending or had been proposed in the last year. On the panel were two lawyers from the copyright field, and two computer security experts. Since the resurrection of CISPA has occurred, I thought it prudent to take the audio and […]
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LiveBlog – Prenda’s “Good Old Fashioned Bench Slapping”

Many are aware of the impending courtroom dustup in the Prenda case. For those that aren’t, here’s the worlds briefest precis (from the worlds most longwinded blogger). Prenda and a slew of other companies are the creation of half a dozen people, (mostly lawyers, but some are imaginary). These companies try to sue people under copyright […]
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