Balkin blog Bernard Hibbitts on January 15, 2003 8:32 PM ET
[JURIST] Jack Balkin, Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment at Yale Law School, has started his own blog [Balkinization weblog] promising 'commentary on law, politics and culture.' One of his first targets: Eldred v. Ashcroft, which he describes in an extensive analysis as 'bad law' and a 'disastrous opinion for free speech.'
[JURIST] Websites dedicated to opposing copyright extension legislation are sadly and laconically noting Wednesday's US Supreme Court decision in Eldred [JURIST report]. See, for instance, the short statement on the Eldred plaintiffs site, and the brief note on the home page of Opposing Copyright Extension [advocacy website], maintained by Arizona State law professor Dennis S. Karjala. But it may be premature to conclude that this is the end of the line for champions of the public domain, at least if recent comments posted to Larry Lessig's blog reacting to his reflections on losing [Lessig Blog post] are anything to go by.
[JURIST] Along with Eldred [JURIST report], the US Supreme Court Wednesday handed down a second split decision reversing by 6-3 the US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and holding that despite a missed government deadline, coal companies must pay into a federal pool to pay for miners' healthcare benefits. Read Barnhart v. Peabody Coal Co. [opinion text, PDF] - Opinion by Souter, dissents by Scalia and Thomas. Get background on the case from the Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University.
[JURIST] Listen to recorded audio of Wednesday's open meeting of the Securities and Exchange Commission [recorded audio] setting new rules on financial information filing, disclosure, and insider trading under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. An agenda is also available. Get more SEC news [JURIST news archive] on JURIST.
[JURIST] Watch recorded video of Wednesday's open meeting of the Federal Communications Commission [recorded video] regarding implementation of the agency's strategic plan and a comprehensive review of FCC policies. The agenda and supporting presentations are also available. Get more FCC news [JURIST news archive] on JURIST.
[JURIST] By a 7-2 margin the US Supreme Court upheld on Wednesday the 1998 Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act [PDF text], retroactively extending statutory copyright protection by a further 20 years beyond the original term of the author's life plus 50 years. Read Eldred v Ashcroft - Opinion by Ginsburg [opinion text, PDF], with dissents by Stevens [dissent text, PDF] and Breyer [dissent text, PDF]. Follow the ups (and downs...) of the Eldred litigation with Eldred counsel and Stanford law prof Larry Lessig [blog archive].
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