supergee will probably be able to guess where the link goes, it's exactly his sort of news story.
Addendum: From Making Light
#47 ::: Alex Cohen ::: (view all by) ::: June 12, 2008, 04:19 PM:
He's not a liberal, or a Democrat though, but a conservative appointed by Ronnie Raygun who was about to preside over an obscenity case.
This is a bit of an unfair characterization. Kozinski is one of the strongest defenders the First Amendment has in the Federal court system, plus someone firmly in line with the Lessig/Doctorow axis of limiting the scope of intellectual property laws: "All creators draw in part on the work of those who came before, referring to it, building on it, poking fun at it; we call this creativity, not piracy."
Read his dissent in White v. Samsung.
If he's knocked off the court as a result of this, I believe it will be a severe blow to the the judiciary.
#48 ::: Alex Cohen ::: (view all by) ::: June 12, 2008, 04:26 PM:
One more good Kozinski quote (again, from White):Intellectual property rights aren’t free: They're imposed at the expense of future creators and of the public at large. Where would we be if Charles Lindbergh had an exclusive right in the concept of a heroic solo aviator? If Arthur Conan Doyle had gotten a copyright in the idea of the detective story, or Albert Einstein had patented the theory of relativity? If every author and celebrity had been given the right to keep people from mocking them or their work? Surely this would have made the world poorer, not richer, culturally as well as economically.
And of all places, Making Light should appreciate that Kozinski is one of the clearest and most dynamic writers in the Federal courts.