Pynchon states that if intellectual property had a theme song it would have to be “Like a Virgin.” Why?
Because IP is all about “the very first time,” the “aha” moment, the creative spark that gives rise to previously undreamed imaginings. The restrictions of “how we’ve always done things” fall away and the numbing repetition of days become vibrant. The rest, of course, is work. Trial and error. Success. Failure. Rearranging the disaligned. Completion.
Among the many nuggets in this week’s review, the Art Law Blog has a nice article on a 62-year old Scottsdale real estate agent who “is the latest person to publicly come forward with the claim that she may own a Jackson Pollock painting.” And she says it’s not just about the money.
In addition, Suits in the Workplace describe why it’s best not to have just one person control your network after a mid-level computer network administrator for San Francisco shut down the city’s wide-area network. In describing his refusal to give anyone else the password:
If you remember Jurassic Park, think of him as the fat guy who was stealing the dinosaur eggs and shut down the entire facility network for the dinosaur park to cover his getaway. Fortunately, the results here were not quite so dramatic. At least, no lawyers were eaten.
We’ll add one extra: Above The Law discusses how some NYU Law School students were trying to trade their place in class for cash — until the administration got wind of it and cracked down.