Volume II, Issue I Spring 2003

Culture, Politics and Technology

Our guess is that even in the arcane world of corporate law, most folks considered copyright to be fairly settled just a decade ago. As the 1990s opened, copyright and patent law were a couple hundred years old – not ancient, perhaps, but long enough in the tooth to hold few surprises.

In this issue:

The Turbula Essay:
On the road to rejection
A tale of a California book tour
By Duff Brenna

The new censorship
What do intellectual property owners want?
By Andy Oram

The Smoking Section
Notes on the news

From the Bleachers
Observations on the sports world

But that was before the advent of the Internet and CD burners – and before Disney began seeking to have copyright extended indefinitely, before the recording industry declared war on its own consumers.

Andy Oram addresses this changing landscape in an essay this month, taking a broad view from the point of view not only of the law, but of the way the law intersects with technology.

In The Smoking Section, we again vent at the politically correct, the pompous, and the just plain dumb. And we re-visit the world of sports in our From the Bleachers column.

Feedback always welcome — e-mail links at the bottom of each page.

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