random quotes ... to amuse, inspire, enrage:
  Now, my own suspicion is that the universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose. I have read and heard many attempts at a systematic account of it, from materialism and theosophy to the Christian system or that of Kant, and I have always felt that they were much too simple. I suspect that there are more things in heaven and earth that are dreamed of, or can be dreamed of, in any philosophy. That is the reason why I have no philosophy myself, and must be my excuse for dreaming.

tagged: science, philosophy, religion, the universe
  —John Burden Sanderson Haldane, 1892-1964 (English geneticist), Quote from "Possible Worlds", in Possible Worlds and Other Essays (1927).

limewire / grokster

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Summary judgment against Limewire on a number of key points, including inducement à la Grokster. As predicted, footnote 13 of Grokster is troublesome.

people take this IP stuff so seriously

Monday, July 4th, 2005

An English IT firm fired a consultant after he commented on Grokster on BBC, and the firm had this to say: “The decision to terminate his employment was made in order to defend our legitimate business interests. Mr Hanff has declared that he is opposed to copyright and intellectual property laws. Since much of our […]

grokster

Monday, June 27th, 2005

well — grokster is out. from the beginning: We hold that one who distributes a device with the object of promoting its use to infringe copyright, as shown by clear expression or other affirmative steps taken to foster infringement, is liable for the resulting acts of infringement by third parties. and from the end: There […]

cert granted in grokster

Friday, December 10th, 2004

according to scotus blog, the court granted cert in grokster. [order 12/10] Opening briefs (and neutral and supporting amici) due Jan. 24. Opposition brief (and supporting briefs) due Feb. 28. Oral arguments in March.

grokster cert. petition thoughts

Saturday, November 20th, 2004

I was sad to see how many different groups jumped in on the Grokster cert. petition (asking to grant cert). [EFF's Grokster page] Our amicus (telling the court to deny cert) looks pretty lonely in comparison. Our brief addresses what two of what I think are the four possible reasons to take the case. One […]


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