Category Archives: Law Related

Everyone’s Doin’ It …

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Law Review is the law school version of yearbook; it’s where all the cool kids end up. Since I was only able to be an editor of my high school newspaper, being cool is a hugely motivating factor for me. I’ll do almost anything to be cool or just look cool. I’ll smoke cigarettes in the bathroom, I’ll jump off very high things, I’ll steal tootsie rolls from the gas station, and I’ll harass and beat up people smaller than me (but usually only to impress a girl).

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Me and Law School are Trying to Patch Things Up

As many of you know, Law School and I have been working out some issues. I think we might be pushing out of the tunnel and into the light!

Law School Love Letters

October 1st, 2007
Dear Law School.

This will be the last GMail I write to you.
I think it’s best that we stop seeing each other. We tried to make it work, but I really think it’s best if we just make a clean break. It’s the only way that we will reasonably be made whole. Haha. I will miss these little, legal jokes with you.

Fondly,
Sam

P.S. I know people always say it, but I mean it when I say it’s not you, it’s me. I hope you end up with someone great.

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Fake ID Copyright: 101

Of all the legal stories I saw this weekend the one that captured my attention the most wasn’t the debacle at Tufts where the school board has mandated the curbing of free speech in an abysmally short-sighted display of political correctness and general ass-covering, nor was it the alarming news that rate hikes may force Web streamers out of commission. Although, you could argue it should have been.

At any rate, the story I found most interesting doesn’t seem to be getting much media coverage yet.

Rachel Hyman is an artist that supports herself by waiting bar in the grand tradition of starving American artists all over. She dillengently serves her patrons and enforces out bizarre and silly puritanical drinking laws. Idiot children come in to have a pint and break the law, and she spots their fake IDs and send them packing, sans the offending document. The catch is–and the sensibility that decides to do this could only come from an artist–she takes the confiscated ids, places them on her Website, and pokes fun at the offenders’ efforts for the amusement of all. Continue reading

Job Hunting, A film, Recruiters Using Social Networking

I didn’t have time to post anything yesterday (which is not to say that I intend to post an entry each and every night), because I instead chose to help a friend prepare his resume and negotiate the job search engines. Although the job search has become increasingly electronic, it is nevertheless my belief that the most effective means of finding a job is some permutation on knocking on doors. Perhaps especially now, when most job hunters are spending significant capital and time on internet searches and social networking sites, the candidate who is kicking down doors is all the more likely to get noticed.

Elissa and I also watched Pedro Almadovar’s film “La Mala Educacion (Bad Education)”. Although I’m familiar with the film maker’s work, I don’t think I had ever watched a whole Almadovar film. “La Mala Educacion” was incredible. It was very reminiscent of Hitchcock and made several overt references to film noir. This was made all the more ironic because of the panoply of bright colors Almadovar uses. Gael Garcia Bernal plays a transvestite living out a meta-reality, simoultaneously trying to find, and reconcile with, his dead brother.

La Mala Educacion

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09 F9 11 02: Legal Implications

So, can you copyright, trademark, own a number? (If so, I got dibs on ‘7’). Clearly, I’m not a lawyer, nor an expert on property, but I’m pretty sure you can’t. It turns out not to matter anyway, the AACS-LA’s cease and desist letters is not alleging a copyright infringement, but rather is claiming this forbidden number is a component of circumvention technology that violates clauses in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). I’ve always thought this act was poorly named as it sounds more like a section of Disneyland, but whatever. The letter recommends that the violators “refrain from posting or causing to be provided any AACS Continue reading