"Finally, some of the opinions are funny."

"Finally, some of the opinions are funny."

Summary: Professor Tim Wu and programmer Stuart Sierra have launched Project Posner, a searchable database of legal opinions authored by jurist and blogger Richard A. Posner.


Professor Tim Wu and programmer Stuart Sierra have launched Project Posner, a searchable database of legal opinions authored by jurist and blogger Richard A. Posner.  As Tim says,

Project Posner has all of Posner’s 2100+ opinions, fully and easily searchable.  ...

The law supposedly belongs to the people, but it can be surprisingly hard to find. American case reports — which are the real law of the nation — are hard to get at, and even when on the internet, rarely searchable. To get real access you generally need a Westlaw subscription which costs a small fortune. Wikilaw is a great effort to try and change this, but it is still primitive.

Posner said that he was relieved that the "cat" search turned up more than "dogs." I told him it was because he liked the phrase "cat's paw."

Via Boing Boing.

Topic: Legal

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  • I don't know how fun it is

    But a search on Cat brought this up http://www.projectposner.org/case/2002/292F3d512/

    What is sick about this is that a shampoo company is trying to use the same failed argument that Ty used to stop critisim of their products in collector guides in order to prevent their product from being listed on EBay.


    Now that would be a fun one to sit through if it goes to court.
    Edward Meyers
    • The EFF has weighed in on the shampoo case


      red von Lohmann, Senior Intellectual Property Attorney, says:

      Saw the BoingBoing post about the copyright threats based on the photos of the Aquage shampoo. Aquage doesn't have a legal leg to stand on. There is a clear exception in the Copyright Act that permits people who are selling or advertising a product to make and display photos of the the stuff they are selling, precisely to stop this kind of effort to control secondary markets. The exception is set out in Section 113(c) of the Copyright Act:

      "(c) In the case of a work lawfully reproduced in useful articles that have been offered for sale or other distribution to the public, copyright does not include any right to prevent the making, distribution, or display of pictures or photographs of such articles in connection with advertisements or commentaries related to the distribution or display of such articles, or in connection with news reports."
      tic swayback
  • Okay, this funny

    [i]Lust is blonde; Sealy points out irrelevantly that blondes are not a statutorily protected class, which will disappoint hair colorists.[/i]

    It's from Tracey Lust v. Sealy http://www.projectposner.org/case/2004/383F3d580/
    Edward Meyers
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