(The Return of) Ignatz, by Sam Heldman

Wednesday, October 09, 2002

Supreme Court While (again) reading tea-leaves from oral argument is risky business, it seems that my prediction about yesterday's Supreme Court case on bankruptcy and telecom licensing will likely be correct.

Today brings oral argument in Eldred, the copyright-extension case. Prepare yourself for doom and gloom and outrage from many residents of the internet, after they read reports that the oral argument didn't go perfectly for Prof. Lessig. Remind yourself that the holding of the case will be neither "the internet is dead" nor "Disney gets to own everything forever" -- and that, in general, our current Supreme Court does not specialize in recogizing new constitutional rights for the benefit of the little guy. Remember again what Joe Hill said: "Don't mourn -- organize." (He wasn't talking about downloading Napster).

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