Last week the AmeriKat was still debating over her New Years Eve plans - what country and with whom to celebrate her least favored holiday - right up to the point she was meant to be journeying to the airport back to London. The permutations and consequences of her decisions of whether to stay or to go were whizzing through her brain. These split second decisions can have either profound effects or minimal consequences. Our lives of made up of these decisions and in looking back at the year that was, the events of 2009 were “events” because someone somewhere made a decision: whether or not to sue Apple, to draft an overly broad copyright class-action settlement, to issue a writ of certiorari to the Supreme Court in a patent case, or to allow your children to download pirated songs on your computer. These decisions have had profound consequences in the world of intellectual property law and some have yet to be felt.
NUMBER 5: Salinger Comes Out to Fight for Rye
With a literary recluse, First Amendment issues and the strange notion of being able to copyright a literary character, this tail was stranger than fiction. The case continues.
NUMBER 4: Ring Ring: District Judge Cote hangs up on ASCAP