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Land use and development roundup

“Expanding housing and job opportunities by cutting back on zoning” [Ilya Somin on Ed Glaeser Brookings essay] Always hold back and let the government do it. That way the $550 stairs can be built for $65,000-$150,000 [CTV, CBC, sequel:...Show More Summary

Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

This week, our first place winner on the insightful side is a simple anonymous comment, saying something that shouldn't need to be repeated so often but for the weird anti-regulation absolutists who need to be reminded over and over: Regulation isn't bad. Show More Summary

Individual liberty and the Israel Anti-Boycott Act

A bill sponsored by roughly half the members of Congress would — so we are warned by New York magazine, at least — “make it a felony for Americans to support the international boycott against Israel” and “make avoiding the purchase of...Show More Summary

“To: brandenforcements@… Mr. Forcements — may I call you Branden?”

California blogger Vincent “Vino” Malone, who writes about his visits to the Olive Garden, penned this retort to a (possibly robotic) takedown notice/infringement-gram from the restaurant chain. [AllOfGarden via Cyrus Farivar, ArsTechnica] Tags: bloggers and the law, nastygrams, restaurants, trademarks “To: brandenforcements@… Mr. Show More Summary

This Week In Techdirt History: July 16th - 22nd

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Five Years Ago This week in 2012, we saw some copyright insanity when BMG issued a YouTube takedown on a Mitt Romney campaign ad for including a clip of Obama singing an Al Green song, and then the next day went on to take down the original clip, because even the President was a pirate in the eyes of the entertainment industry. Show More Summary

Minnesota high court upholds administrative searches of tenants’ homes

Over strong dissents from two of its justices, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday “that cities do not need to provide evidence of a suspected housing code violation in order to obtain an administrative search warrant to inspect...Show More Summary

San Diego Comic Con Gets Gag Order On Salt Lake Comic Con

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

As you may know, San Diego Comic Con is going on right now. And, like many techie/geeky people, while I've never attended the show, I always look forward to what comes out of the event. However, SDCC is increasingly looking like a massive censorial bully. Show More Summary

MLB Mulls Over Opposing Trademark For New Overwatch League Logo

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

It's no secret that Major League Baseball has proven themselves to be happy bullies regarding its trademarks. Between thinking it owns the letter 'W', forgetting that fair use exists, and its decision to bully amateur baseball leagues,...Show More Summary

Criminal Pardon

The Washington Post reported on Thursday that President Donald Trump has been asking advisers about his power to pardon aides, family members, and even himself. It’s fair to say that such efforts by the president would lead to a full-scale constitutional crisis and potentially mass protests in the streets. Show More Summary

Non-Sequiturs: 07.21.17

Akie Abe, first lady of Japan, played Donald Trump so hard. She, evidently, pretended she didn't know how to speak English to avoid having to talk to our boor of a president. I'm telling you guys: World War III: this time the Axis powers are the good guys. Show More Summary

Social Media Is More About The Connections Than The Information And Likes

Social media gives us the opportunity to meet, know, and care about those whom we'd never have met otherwise.

Transformative work of the year (so far): To tell my story, showing near DC now

3 days agoIndustries / Law : 43(B)log

To Tell My Story: A Hamlet Fanfic by Alexandra Petri Runs until July 30 Although the structuring conceit is a loose retelling of Hamlet, with a modern-day fangirl as the tragic protagonist Elsie, there are a number of other fandoms represented,...Show More Summary

State Wins Casino Battle Against Pueblo of Pojoaque Tribe

The Skirmish in Doubtful Canyon, which left 10 Apache dead on May 3, 1864, was the last Indian battle in what would become the history of New Mexico. The Apaches attacked a company of California soldiers there, ending about two hours later when the last Indian fled. But more......

Why Litigators Should Have a Professional Ringtone

Litigators beware: Do you know what your ringtone sounds like? Are you sure a prankster child, colleague, or office nemesis, hasn't turned your ringtone into a duck, or something more nefarious? Obviously, you don't want embarrassing sounds coming from your pocket during a meeting, or worse, while you're in......

Pleading for the Public: How Readable Is Your Writing?

When drafting a pleading, most practitioners focus on proving their case to a judge, and never give a second thought about the general public as an audience. This may seem like the right strategy, but there are certainly some advantages to simplifying your legal writing so that the general......

Court Agrees With Ball Park in Hot Dog Fight

Just a few days after the most popular hot dog eating holiday in the country, the legal fight between two titans of the hot dog industry came one step closer to reaching a final resolution. The Third Circuit Court of Appeals issued their order in the closely watched Parks......

Why Aren't STEM Majors Going to Law School?

What is it with lawyers and math? It's one of the oldest jokes in the profession that lawyers went to law school because they were no good at math. As it turns out, it's no joke. According to statistics, math students score the highest on law school admission tests but......

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