Blog Ending

You may have noticed that posting has been very slow as of late. After seeing that Prof. Paltry is closing down his blog, I am following suit. The reasons for ending the blog are the same as why I have not been blogging much and why Paltry is quiting.

1. There are some strange people out there. You would not imagine the strange and abusive emails I recieve because of a stance I take on something as benign as balance in copyright law.

2. Time. I only have a limited amount of time, and I would rather spend my academic time writing articles on domain name disputes or orphan works, arguing with people who actually know what they are talking about. My academic career needs work, my marriage need work, my work needs work. Something has to give, and this is it.

3. It is depressing. As in all things, there are a number of people out there who want to get more than their fair share of rights/money/power, etc. These people who try to do evil seem to have infinite patience, as they always seem to outlast those who are trying to do good. There are a number of bills introduced yet again this year to serve as examples.  For example, there is nothing in the Pro-IP bill to benefit actual people or even creators, only things to put the screws to anyone unlucky enough to get to in the way of a record label or large movie house. Copyright law already favors rights-holders too much over the public good. And, nothing seems to staunch the flow of the rights grab by big business. I am tired of writing about how large corporations are pushing the boundries and arguing for more, more, more.

4. It is really depressing. The phone calls I get are the worst. On average, I receive about one phone call every other day from someone being sued for file-sharing music. I have my response memorized. There is no good news for (usually parents of) someone getting sued by RIAA, et, al. I believe that given the right case I could win. I have a dozen arguments against these suits and a complete plan of attack ready, starting with having the record company prove they are the rightful holder of rights, that each file contained both what it purported to be and that it was a enough to be infringing, that the sharing does not equal distribution, that the collection of information equaled unlicensed private investigation, that the collection of information was without permission and equals hacking, abuse of process, etc. However, no person with anything to lose would do anything but write the $4-5k check and go on with their lives. The sadness in their voices pains me. This is the reason I didn’t do criminal law or family law or even personal tax law. I love the law, I don’t like the messiness of peoples lives. I really love IP law. If someone would give me a full time IP law teaching gig, I would likely die in that job. However, I really can’t take anymore of these calls from people being hijacked by record companies for (what is usually) their life savings, or more.

I have a business plan I am launching in the Spring, I am sure that I will be blogging about that and will give details later.

Arkansas Bar Exam Results – July 2008

Bar exam results are out for July 2008. Congrats to all of my classmates and students.  The full list, also available on the Ark. Supreme Court (pdf) web site, follows:

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Posting will be slow – working on a business plan

I will be posting very sporadically for the next few months. I am not teaching this semester and am working on a business plan in order to begin raising money in the spring.

New Tivo!

Yesterday, my new Tivo Series 3 HD arrived. Yes, I know that it is a box that is being discontinued in favor of the Series 2 HD, but the extra candy on this box is so nice I couldn’t pass it up. As it is also intended to be in the Home Theater some day, the THX certification was an added bonus.

 Tivo Series 3

So now we have a both single tuner and dual tuner Series 2 Tivo’s sitting around. If I could just use them import recorded content and watch them in other rooms without having them activated, then life would be perfect. As it is though, I am left with having them as useless bricks, hacking them, paying Tivo $9.99 a month to make them useful, or selling them on eBay. I guess what I am saying is… if you need a cheap used Tivo, let me know.

 

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Sorry, I have been slacking lately on posts as I try to make things happen at work, move houses, and grade finals. New posts on the way. -Keith

Arkansas Bar Exam Results – February 2008

New Bar exam results are out. Congrats to all of my classmates making it on the 2nd try, and to those of you just now getting around to taking the bar (Vanessa!).  The full list, also available on the Ark. Supreme Court web site, follows:

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WULS: Volume 84 Number 5 (2006)

WULS: Volume 84 Number 5 (2006)
Volume 84 Number 5 (2006)
Washington University Law Review
BLOGGERSHIP: HOW BLOGS ARE TRANSFORMING LEGAL SCHOLARSHIP

The papers from the Berkman Center for Internet & Society’s symposium on Bloggership:  How Blogs Are Transforming Legal Scholarship, held on April 28, 2006 at Harvard Law School, have been published. See, 84 Wash. U. L. Rev. 1025-1261 (2006).

New Adjunct Professor of Law

Next semester I will be an Adjunct Professor of Law at UALR Bowen School of Law. I will be teaching the Trademark Practicum, which is one of the five classes in the school’s Intellectual Property Course Concentration. Growing up, all I wanted to be was a professor, so I am living the dream. Yes, they will pay me, but I would have done it for free.

University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law – Intellectual Property Course Concentrations

  • Administrative Law
  • Computer Law Seminar
  • Intellectual Property
  • Patent and Trade Secret Law
  • Trademark Practicum

The Spring Trademark Practicum will be MWF, 10:55-11:50, and will be worth 3 credit hours. It is open to registration for 2nd and 3rd year law students.

Course Description: Trademark Practicum. This course introduces students to American and International trademark law. It includes practical hands-on excercises allowing students the opportunity both to learn substantive law and to gain invaluable experience in researching and drafting related work product. Methods for this course will include readings in legislation and court cases, legal research, contract and complaint drafting, client presentations and meeting and discussions. Students will be evaluated based on legal writing exercises and a final exam. Enrollment is limited to 16 students.

The blog site for the class will be at http://trademarkclass.wordpress.com

Maryland Intellectual Property Blog

Brian Higgins has a great IP Law blog,  (http://www.marylandiplaw.com) and was the source idea to pull weekly state cases from Justia. Maryland Intellectual Property Lawyer & Attorney : Brian Wm. Higgins : Serving Baltimore, Columbia, Frederick at

Popularity update

Copywrite.org is now ranked 34th most popular law blog of all time, and 20th for the month. I tend to not watch traffic patterns, as I write for myself, and am continually surprised by the number of people who stop by here. I am always flattered by your emails, and want to thank you all for being faithful readers. Starting this month I will be tackling 2 topics: copyright of pleadings and evidence in court proceedings, and a statistical analysis of cybersquatting opinions. Hopefully it will be both interesting and fruitful.

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