Wednesday, October 28, 2020


 Now that she has been confirmed and sworn in, Associate United States Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett will immediately become one of the most influential voices on intellectual property law in the world.  Global law firm Baker Botts has published a nice summary of Associate Justice Barrett's prior judicial decisions, which run the gamut, from trade secrecy and trademark, to copyright and patent law.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Diplomatic Immunity

 As SARS-CoV-2 continues to burn an infectious swath around the world, millions have hung their hopes on the timely arrival of an effective vaccine.  China has raced ahead, and is now offering to supply vaccines to countries in the developing world.  The United States, by contrast, seems to be focusing largely on its own interests.  It would be no surprise if this burnishes China image while the humanitarian reputation of the United States, at best, stagnates.

Monday, October 12, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving!

A good friend reminded me of this Canadian classic.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, October 11, 2020

The Murder Doctrine

 Oral arguments in the copyright case, Google LLC v. Oracle America Inc., took place before the United States Supreme Court on October 7, 2020.  Hear them here:

Among the highlights is an introduction to the newest development in copyright law:  the "Murder Doctrine".

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Carpe Diem, Theater[24]!

 Here is University of Chicago's Radio[24] performing its autumn quarter 2020 trio of plays.  Everything, from the script to the music to the art to the acting, was begun and completed within 24 hours.

 You carried the day, Radio[24].  Bravo!

Thursday, October 1, 2020

The West Is The Best

I came across a recording I had never seen before of The Doors singing The Crystal Ship and Light My Fire on American Bandstand (recorded July 7, 1967).

 A fascinating artifact is Jim Morrison's contract for this performance.  Watching The Doors on stage took me back to my last visit to Cimetière du Père-Lachaise.