Court Blasts “Copyright Troll” for Treating Courts “as an ATM”–Strike 3 v. Doe

Strike 3 produces pornography. The court calls it a “copyright troll.” It has filed nearly 2,000 copyright infringement cases in the past 13 months. With that many cases, it’s bound to run into a skeptical judge, and whoa, did Judge Lamberth of the DC federal courts deliver it a stinging benchslap. After suing an IP address, Strike 3 asked the court to issue a subpoena to the Internet access provider to unmask the subscriber. It’s fair to say this request doesn’t go well. This excoriating opinio...
Tags: Law, Court, Copyright, Dc, DOE, Privacy/security, Comcast Verizon, Holdings LLC, Evidence/Discovery, Tushy, Billy Goat Gruff, Lamberth, Blacked Raw Google

Psychological Evaluations

I left an abusive marriage to an alcoholic. I obtained a protective order for our child and I. During the course of our divorce, my husband has attempted to have the protection order vacated. The judge denied it. During an attempted mediation, we agreed on the parenting plan except that he again requested that I ask to vacate the protective order which I again refused. So now he wants to go to trial. I am requesting that the judge order him to undergo drug and alcohol treatment which was r...
Tags: Law, Child Custody, Support And Visitation, UA

Psychological Evaluations in Custody Cases

I left an abusive marriage to an alcoholic. I obtained a protective order for our child and I. During the course of our divorce, my husband has attempted to have the protection order vacated. The judge denied it. During an attempted mediation, we agreed on the parenting plan except that he again requested that I ask to vacate the protective order which I again refused. So now he wants to go to trial. I am requesting that the judge order him to undergo drug and alcohol treatment which was r...
Tags: Law, Child Custody, Support And Visitation, UA

At the Saturday Night Cafe...

... talk about what you want. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Ann Althouse

I know... the axe...

... don't rub it in. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Football, University Of Wisconsin, Ann Althouse

"Police have used teargas and water cannon against fuel tax protesters in Paris after violent clashes erupted on the Champs Élysées."

"Thousands of demonstrators from all over France massed on the famous boulevard on Saturday to express their anger at the French president, Emmanuel Macron, and his government. But what was supposed to be a peaceful protest by the gilets jaunes (yellow jackets) movement degenerated rapidly. On one side, protesters reportedly infiltrated by far-right extremists and casseurs (rioters and hooligans) tore up paving stones and hurled them and other missiles at police before building barricades that t...
Tags: Protest, Law, France, Paris, Emmanuel Macron, Macron, Ann Althouse

Two Dirty Little Secrets About the 'Distracted Driving' Debate

The Houston Chronicle has published a series on traffic deaths which, from Grits' observation, mostly has repeated tropes from self-interested secondary sources rather than investigate causes and solutions.  Only one article in the series - on traffic engineering - advocated for solutions Grits believes would significantly contribute to traffic-death reductions. The rest gave platforms for elites to promote their own, self-interested agendas.Readers will recall the Chron's extended advocacy piec...
Tags: Texas, Law, House, Houston, Houston Chronicle, Legislature, Department of Public Safety, Chronicle, Permian Basin, Chron, Eagle Ford, Gritsforbreakfast, Tom Craddick

512(f) Claim Over Counternotice Survives Motion to Dismiss–Handshoe v. Perret

[Oops, this post got stuck in my draft folder. Better late than never.] Whew, this case will never end. I’ve blogged it a few times over the years, including a ruling not that long ago. It’s showing up again on the blog because a 512(f) claim survived a motion to dismiss. Even more unusually, the 512(f) claim is based on a counternotice, not a takedown notice. I’m sure I’m forgetting something, but I can’t recall a 512(f) case over a counternotice that’s gotten this far. The underlying dispute r...
Tags: Law, Copyright, Johnson, Smith, Crossfit, Vodka, Usc, Viacom, Automattic, Shropshire, Umg, Dod, Amaretto, Hawks, Weiner, Red Rock

‘They silenced Khashoggi but gave thousands a voice’

Omar Abdulaziz broke down when told of the death of his mentor. From his Montreal home, he explains why the murder has made Saudi dissidents strongerFor Omar Abdulaziz, a 27-year-old Saudi dissident living in exile in Canada, the murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi was more than a prominent columnist and veteran who knew the ins and outs of the Saudi royal court. He was a mentor and father figure.Abdulaziz, who often lambasts the Saudi leadership and the crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, in onl...
Tags: Human Rights, Law, Saudi Arabia, Americas, World news, Canada, Middle East and North Africa, Journalist safety, Freedom Of Speech, Montreal, Mohammed bin Salman, Abdulaziz, Khashoggi, Jamal Khashoggi, Omar Abdulaziz

7 prophetic writings by American presidents

Presidential candidates run on platforms of change and are elected by those who desire their vision of the future.We look at seven times presidents' writings that have been oddly, if accidentally, prophetic.Of course, there may be some hindsight bias in our selections.U.S. Presidents aren't just chosen to lead us through current events, but because they have a vision of the future their constituents want to be led toward. President Trump's campaign message in 2016 was to regain America's economi...
Tags: Asia, Politics, Labor, Vladimir Putin, Obama, Congress, Indonesia, Democracy, Washington, North Korea, France, Government, China, Germany, Virginia, Massachusetts

Government asks justices to intervene in dispute over transgender service members

It is rare to ask the Supreme Court to hear a case before a federal appeals court has had an opportunity to weigh in. But yesterday the Trump administration made its second such request in less than 20 days, this time urging the justices to take up three cases (here, here and here) challenging the government’s ban on service in the military by most transgender individuals. The solicitor general argues that the issue is so important and time-sensitive that the government should be allowed to bypa...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, California, Washington, Defense, District Of Columbia, Donald Trump, Francisco, Ashton Carter, Trump, Carter, Mattis, Everything Else, Noel Francisco, James Mattis, U S Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit

"The fact that California delegates could be up for grabs even before Iowa’s caucuses begin has been a frequent topic of discussion among some Kamala Harris supporters..."

"... and Texas’s early potential delegate haul has not been lost on those trying to push Beto O’Rourke into the race. Ahead of a nationwide contest that could come down to a delegate-counting exercise simply because of the sheer number of potential candidates, the thinking goes, any marginal advantage counts. 'It won’t stop candidates from doing all the early state stuff, but it changes the calculus overall,' says one Democratic fundraiser aligned with Harris, who’s spoken with national strategi...
Tags: Texas, Law, California, Iowa, Kamala Harris, HARRIS, Ann Althouse, 2020 Campaign, Beto O'Rourke

Mark Pulliam on pro bono excesses

Lawyers’ pro bono publico work has long since expanded past the provision of legal services to indigent persons to include a range of ideological, social-change, and “impact” litigation and legal work. While such figures as Second Circuit chief judge Dennis Jacobs and my former Manhattan Institute colleague Heather Mac Donald have proposed critiques of its excesses over the years, big-firm pro bono is still wrapped in a cocoon of self-congratulation, spun in part from unexamined premises about (...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Second Circuit, Pulliam, Pro Bono, Manhattan Institute, Dennis Jacobs, Mark Pulliam, Heather Mac Donald

Rajasthan High-Court Civil Judge Judicial Magistrate Vacancy

Civil Judge Judicial Magistrate Recruitment by Rajasthan High Court Rajasthan High court at Jodhpur invites online application for Civil Judge Direct Recruitment Examination 2018 to recruit  197 vacant posts of Civil Judge and Judicial Magistrate in the state of Rajasthan. Vacancies Civil Judge and Judicial Magistrate : 197 posts (UR-103, OBC-41, SC-30, ST-23), Pay Scale :... Please Click on the Title to Read Full Details. [Author: [email protected] (SarkariNaukriBlog com)]
Tags: Jobs, Law, High Court, Online, Judge, Sc, Rajasthan, Jodhpur, OBC, Recruitment Examination, Civil Judge and Judicial Magistrate

Mr. Green Arrives: Wine-Stealing Suspended Attorney Charged With Unauthorized Practice

An Ohio attorney has been charged with "flagrantly" continuing to practice law after he had been suspended from practice for shoplifting wine. The details of the alleged misconduct are contained in a 75-page charging document. The bar investigation began when... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Green, Ohio, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process

"My mind is blown that 'helping' people under 40 STOP, and disconnect, is big business."

"Of course, I was not raised by guilty-narcissistic-lunatic helicopter parents, who ensured that their children remained helpless, clueless, UN-grounded suckers for the Mega-Technology Hucksters. I also did NOT have to be hoverlingly 'protected' from climbing up and falling over railings or drinking bleach or Drano, because I had NO INTEREST in offing myself, even at age 3. I wonder if the younger generation subconsciously Sees What's Coming (sea level rising WAY more than 'predicted') and possi...
Tags: Travel, Safety, Law, Trees, Harvard, Commerce, Un, Solitude, WaPo, Ann Althouse, Mega Technology Hucksters

"Why did a little kid have to shoot me today? His high-pitched voice still lingers in my head."

From "American missionary killed on remote Indian island wrote that God was protecting him" (LA Times)."God sheltered me and camouflaged me against the coast guard and the navy," John Allen Chau wrote before he was killed last week on North Sentinel Island.Indian ships monitor the waters around the island in the Bay of Bengal, trying to ensure that outsiders do not go near the Sentinelese, who have repeatedly — and forcefully — made clear they want to be left alone...."I DON'T WANT TO DIE," wrot...
Tags: Death, Law, India, Christianity, God, Coast Guard, LA Times, Chau, Bay of Bengal, John Allen, Ann Althouse, John Allen Chau

"Stars are suddenly dressing like flamingos."

Feathery photos at Page Six.IN THE COMMENTS: Rick Turley reminds us of the "lesser known Manfred Mann song":Lesser known but still probably the third most well known Manfred Mann. The only 2 that beat it are "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" and (the Dylan cover) "Mighty Quinn." Here's just a little something extra, because I looked up the lyrics to "Mighty Quinn" at the Genius lyrics-annotating site (click to enlarge and clarify): [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Fashion, Law, Quinn, Pink, Breasts, Dylan, Ann Althouse, Manfred Mann, Wah Diddy Diddy, Rick Turley, Mighty Quinn Here

"Yes, many video games are violent and frivolous, and the most devoted players still tend to be young and male."

"But the best games reveal a mass cultural medium that has come fully into its own, artistically flourishing in ways that resemble the movie industry during its 20th-century peak and television over the past 20 years. From 'The Searchers' to 'The Godfather,' from 'The Sopranos' to 'The Americans,' what connects these eras, and their most outstanding works, is a shared ambition, a desire to be both grand and granular, telling individual stories against the backdrop of national and cultural identi...
Tags: Video Games, Law, South Park, New York Times, Don, Al Gore, Peter Suderman, Ann Althouse

Pyongyang calling: we spent a week in North Korea - video

In rare footage of the North Korean capital, the Guardian gained an insight into what daily life is like for its citizens. Escorted by government minders at all times we were invited to visit a nursery, zoo, swimming pool, funfair, parks, factories, festivals and more, but were left questioning if anything was real. After returning to the UK, Emma Graham-Harrison reflects on what it's like spending a week immersed in a personality cult Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, North Korea, Society, World news, Cities, Guardian, Kim Jong-un, Kim Jong-il, Pyongyang, Emma Graham Harrison

What might the Founders have to say about modern federal sentencing debates?

I had the great fortune last night to (finally!) get to see the musical Hamilton (in Chicago).  Reflecting on the play and the history of the founding of the United States, I could not resist wondering aloud here about how the historic figures of Founding era might have viewed the federal sentencing controversies today. Because I am not a constitutional historian, I cannot provide a definitive account of what all the Framers said about crime and punishment.  But I can highlight the work here of ...
Tags: Law, Congress, Kentucky, Virginia, US, America, Chicago, United States, John Adams, Madison, James Wilson, Hamilton, State, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton

"Nearly half [of Americans] say they sometimes or always feel alone or 'left out.' Thirteen percent of Americans say that zero people know them well."

Writes Arthur C. Brooks, the president of the American Enterprise Instituted in "How Loneliness Is Tearing America Apart/When people have a hole in their life, they often fill it with angry politics" (NYT)(citing a "large-scale survey from the health-care provider Cigna). Much of this op-ed column is drawn from the book "Them: Why We Hate Each Other — and How to Heal" by Senator Ben Sasse.A précis of Mr. Sasse’s recommendations to America... might be this: Go where you get that hometown-gym-on-a...
Tags: Psychology, Law, Relationships, America, Cigna, Nyt, Nebraska, Seattle, Solitude, Brooks, Arthur C Brooks, Ben Sasse, Ann Althouse, Sasse, Fremont Nebraska, American Enterprise Instituted

Where's the seat belt?

"The robotic hotel room on wheels - is this the future of travel? Self-driving suite can ferry guests from place to place - and drones deliver room service through the sunroof/Toronto-based Aprilli Design Studio has designed a hotel suite housed within a self-driving vehicle/Renderings reveal how the battery-powered hotel-room-on-wheels includes a double bed and shower room/The vehicle's designers note that travellers would simply specify the route they wanted to take via an app" (Daily Mail).I ...
Tags: Travel, Technology, Law, Cars, Toronto, Daily Mail, The Future, Ann Althouse, Aprilli Design Studio

It melts plastic and can kill – so why is club drug GHB on the rise?

It was known as a date rape drug, then linked to chemsex parties. How did a spray or two of the liquid high become so popular among young clubbers?Lauren, 24, is scrolling through her Instagram profile while she waits at the bar, in a club in a Yorkshire town. The young women in her pictures have long, glossy hair and matte-painted mouths. In one shot they huddle together under a neon sign, the light strobing off their highlighted cheekbones. Underneath most of the photos is written #GNO. “It me...
Tags: Music, Instagram, Drugs, Society, Yorkshire, Clubbing, Lauren, Holli

Throwed rolls.

I learned about the throwed rolls at Lambert's Cafe...... from the Oxford English Dictionary, which has this in the sidebar today:"Throwed" — unless you're talking about "throwed silk" — is "colloq. or nonstandard," the past tense of "throw," and one of the quotations selected by the OED is:1995 Midwest Living Apr. 185/1 Fun family restaurant and home of ‘throwed rolls’ (for laughs, owner Norm Lambert tosses warm dinner rolls around the cafe to customers).The oldest published use of the word...
Tags: Law, Restaurants, Bread, Missouri, Language, Lambert, Ann Althouse, OED, Norm Lambert

Uncertainty grips gay people in Taiwan as same-sex marriage goes to the vote

A landmark court ruling left Taiwan set to become the first Asian nation to legalise gay marriage. But a national referendum driven by opponents of change could limit changeThe news in May 2017 that Taiwan was to legalise same-sex marriage was a watershed moment for Vivian Chen and Corrine Chiang, who could finally look forward to sharing legal guardianship of their daughter, Zola, now three.But 18 months on from the landmark victory, their hopes have been overtaken by anxiety and fears about th...
Tags: Human Rights, Gay Marriage, Society, World news, Taiwan, Asia Pacific, Sexuality, LGBT rights, Global development, Zola, Vivian Chen, Corrine Chiang

Russia poses greater threat than Isis, new British army chief warns

General Mark Carleton-Smith says UK cannot be complacent about threat Russia poses ‘or leave it uncontested’ Russia “indisputably” poses a far greater threat to national security than Islamic terrorist groups such as al-Qaida and Isis, the new head of the British army has warned. General Mark Carleton-Smith said the UK cannot be complacent about the threat Russia poses “or leave it uncontested”. Continue reading...
Tags: UK, Isis, Islamic State, Russia, UK News, Military, British Army, Al-Qaida, Qaida, Mark Carleton Smith

Rise in gambling ad spend fuels fears over impact on children

Betting firms spent £1.5bn on marketing last year while U-18 problem-gambling increased The gambling industry’s spending on marketing surged to £1.5bn last year, prompting renewed warnings about the impact on children, days after a report revealed a steep rise in the number of under-18 problem gamblers.A study for GambleAware, the UK’s leading gambling charity, found that betting companies have increased their marketing spend by 56% since 2014, with five times more spent online than on TV commer...
Tags: Business, UK, Media, Children, Gambling, Advertising, Society, UK News, Telecommunications industry, Young People

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