December 7 roundup

  • Woman jailed for “camcordering” after recording four minutes of sister’s birthday party in movie theater [BoingBoing]
  • Senate hearing airs trial lawyer gripes against Iqbal [Jackson and earlier, PoL, Wajert, Beck & Herrmann (scroll)] Franken and other Senators sidestep substance, browbeat witness re: “study” terminology [Alison Frankel, AmLaw]
  • Still time to cancel? “2009 is also the first year of global governance” — new EU president [Small Dead Animals]
  • Miller-Jenkins battle: judge orders custody switch to law-abiding spouse [Box Turtle Bulletin, background]
  • Speedy by government standards? 17 years ago DoT proposed Southeast high-speed rail on existing rights of way, ruling on environmental impact statement is expected next year [McArdle]
  • “New York’s New DWI Bill: Compounding Stupidity” [Greenfield; felony to drive intoxicated with passenger 15 or younger]
  • “Apple Told To Pay Patent Troll OPTi $21.7 Million” [Business Insider]
  • This year’s ABA Blawg 100 listing left out some legal blogs that aren’t half bad [Turkewitz]


  • “camcordering”

    Next step: The MPAA will pay congress to make it a felony to write or talk about a movie in an “offensive” manner.

  • I have yet to see any evidence to convince me that even intentional camcording in movie theaters has any negative impact on the revenues of the movie companies. The quality is awful, much inferior to a DVD. As far as I can tell, the market for camcorder copies consists of hard-core fans who want to see the film as soon as possible, and these are the very people who will buy the DVD when it becomes available. That this is treated as a criminal offense at all makes no sense.

  • So if a big company infringes on a smaller company’s patent, the smaller company is a patent troll? Since when did technology companies stop performing patent searches?

    Yep, that seems fair.