Monday, April 26, 2010

A Legal Theory with Teeth, and Pizzaz

Somebody needs to light a fire under Congress about the entertainment industry's abuse of takedown notices under the Copyright act. The current strategy -- which is to hold lawyers to a good faith belief standard, while also permitting them to collect fees for asserting meritless claims -- is as ridiculous dismissing any tort claim where the defendant asserts that she was "careful." Law is about power and the good faith of the powerful has never been an effective check.

That's why I love the spirit of the folks at


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Query: who is Pope Gregory, and why did he make me come to school today?

4/26/2010 9:21 AM  
Blogger Patrick said...

It's been three years and I still don't know the answer to that question.

4/26/2010 9:22 AM  
Blogger corsii said...

Pope Gregory is Gregory XIII, aka Ugo Boncompagni, from Bolgna, Italia.

The Gregorian Calendar is named for him, and the switch to the calendar required some day-shifting, (the day after Oct 4 became Oct 15 that year) so when Boalt gives us an extra Monday class to make up for missed days for MLK, Jr and the Presidents, they call it a Pope Gregory Day.

4/26/2010 10:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why not go with "Ugo Day"? Pronounced, "you go." HIstorically accurate and has a nice double meaning.

4/26/2010 10:54 AM  
Blogger McWho said...

They should not do that, in order to avoid a cease and desist letter from the defunct car manufacturer.

4/26/2010 2:56 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

I knew who Pope Gregory was, but I have never been able to figure out whether naming our make-up days after him is supposed to be a tongue-in-cheek injoke, or if we are actually paying homage to him in some way. I hope its the former.

4/26/2010 3:20 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

I asked Uncle Zeb about that today, so we should know soon.

4/26/2010 3:25 PM  
Anonymous Teeth Whitening Pens said...

@McWho: I'm not completely sure I agree with that..

4/26/2010 8:04 PM  
Blogger McWho said...

As it was a joke, you probably shouldn't.

4/27/2010 4:10 PM  

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