random quotes ... to amuse, inspire, enrage:
  ...There are some troubles from which mankind can never escape .... [The anarchists] have never claimed that liberty will bring perfection; they simply say that its results are vastly preferable to those that follow from authority .... As a choice of blessings, liberty is the greater; as a choice of evils, liberty is the smaller. Then liberty always says the Anarchist. No use of force except against the invader....

tagged: liberty, the state, utopia
  —Benjamin R. Tucker

Archive for November, 2006

we knew it would come up eventually

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

A recent court denied a motion to preliminarily enjoin distribution of copyrighted dildos, noting that dildos are useful articles, and separating the copyrightable expression from the unprotectible ideas would be … difficult. Bill Patry excerpted some of the best parts of the decision. Conwest Resources, Inc. v. Playtime Novelties, 2006 WL 3346226 (N.D. Cal. 2006). […]

political grandstanding: SO annoying

Saturday, November 25th, 2006

I really can’t stand it when politicians engage in cheap & sleazy grandstanding, knowing that what they’re doing is actually irrelevant. I’m speaking of Mitt Romney’s “lawsuit” to get the Mass. courts to step in to force the Mass. legislature to vote on an anti-same-sex-marriage amendment. [nyt 11/25] Cheap & sleazy political grandstanding may be […]

DMCA exemptions issued

Thursday, November 23rd, 2006

The Library of Congress / Copyright Office issued its third set of DMCA rulemaking exemptions, just before taking off for the holidays. I was eagerly anticipating the rulemaking (even more eagerly than usual) after David Carson, General Counsel at the Copyright Office, kept dropping hints about the what we could all look forward to at […]

A failure of the public interest tech law community

Sunday, November 19th, 2006

From my perspective, the Section 230 (qualified by dicta) victory in Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law v. Craigslist (PDF), is fine, unsurprising, but a relief. But more importantly, to me, the case demonstrates a significant and ongoing failure of the public interest tech law community: Explaining to people outside our community why […]

how to balance badly: another way that news articles can suck

Sunday, November 12th, 2006

Ah, a fine Sunday morning reading the paper, and trashing media bias and sloppy reporting at the NYT … This annoying NYT article (11/12) on police witness “sanctuary” policies is a perfect example of how articles can be technically “balanced” but still really suck present an imbalanced picture. The police witness sanctuary policies basically tell […]

artists and IP

Sunday, November 12th, 2006

The NYT has two interesting stories right now featuring, shall we say, different approaches to artists and IP. The first in a genre near and dear to my heart is a profile of Dark Horse Comics, which “built [their] publishing platform around creators’ rights … [Their] pitch was, ‘We’ll match the rights that you get […]

good news for science & the environment, too

Friday, November 10th, 2006

“Intelligent Design” advocates lost in Ohio, and the League of Conservation Voters reports that most of their 2006 Dirty “Dozen” lost, and most of their 2006 Environmental Champions won. Ha.

newborn citizens denied healthcare

Friday, November 3rd, 2006

In a time of many horrors, my eye was caught by this outrage [NYT 11/3]: Under a new federal policy, children born in the United States to illegal immigrants with low incomes will no longer be automatically entitled to health insurance through Medicaid, Bush administration officials said Thursday. “Children born in the United States” — […]

women, families, tenure

Thursday, November 2nd, 2006

Surprise, having kids and a husband* make it less likely that women will get tenure-track positions or achieve tenure. See the “Marriage and Baby Blues: Re-defining Gender Equity” report (PDF) by Mary Ann Mason and Marc Goulden (2003). Thanks to my partner (a postdoc) who sent me this illustrative graphic from the report. … * […]

Death gets a time-out

Wednesday, November 1st, 2006

My friend Liz Henry (aka badgermama) took this very funny picture of a costumed Death in the schoolyard.   

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