Because of the First Sale Doctrine, couldn't I buy the book, make a new version with adaptions for the blind and then sell the new version at a price? While I know the knee jerk reaction is no, you are selling their content, aren't I just reselling the book in a usable form to an under served market?
So if you can be disqualified as a judge because you are a facebook friend with a lawyer, what do you do about the judges who take campaign contributions from lawyers who appear in their courts? (which is nearly all of them by the way, that's how judges fund their campaigns, other lawyers...)
Have you ever actually talked to a judge about technical matters at all? I used to help run IT for a courthouse and getting them to understand basics requires its own Rosetta Stone Geek -> Judge.
Rulings like this show that they don't understand the technology involved and what the difference is between the purported infringer and the platform being used. By this logic if someone advertised on a billboard using my trademarked words, I could sue the billboard maker, the billboard owner AND the entity who rented the space to the billboard owner. Does that make sense?
The NSA is just remixing, tell me if you haven't heard this before:
Iran doesn't yet have the capability to develop nuclear weapons, officials say. But, if they somehow developed or acquired it, the likelihood of being able to use such weapons effectively would become far more likely, according to most war hawks.
And the labels have never ever unpaid the staff (song writers, studio musicians, etc) with the promise of royalties if a song becomes a hit. And then they have never ever used questionable accounting practices to make sure they pay little to no royalties to those same staff. The record labels are only interested in making sure everyone gets paid fairly, as long as everyone isn't the people who actually worked on the music....
So I've bought stuff from etsy and follow a couple of artists that use it on twitter or facebook. Every now and then they popup with a story about how some chain retailer has taken one of their designs and started to mass produce it. So if SOPA passes, does this mean someone on Etsy can trademark and/or copyright their designs, wait for the knockoff to appear at the chain retailer and take down the "rogue site" for "theft" of their intellectual property?
Show me how many of these companies in East Texas have an actual product on the market and then maybe I'll think about believing your "Serial infringers" line. Having an idea is not enough, show that you can execute it and then maybe you have a case.
And don't act like this East Texas court didn't think through the possible ramifications of being the go to Patent Court: more business in town, more tourism, more hotel and sales taxes, its a win win for the town of Marshall that frankly doesn't have much else going for it.
Before this lawsuit I saw the commercial and didn't even associate it with Ms. Lohan. Now I will...forever. Is this like the Streisand Effect but for making something about you when it isn't? Call it the Lohan Corollary?
The funnier part about this for me being that it just started raining here a bit after 2+ years of severe drought. And the Statesman was up for sale until Cox pulled them off the market recently. Maybe they saw the rain coming and saw a way to make money for the struggling paper thus the new campaign.