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Feds Say Legally Dead Is Slightly Alive

Miracle Max: He probably owes you money, huh? I'll ask him. Inigo Montoya: He's dead. He can't talk.  Max: Whoo-hoo-hoo, look who knows so much. It just so happens that your friend here is only MOSTLY dead. There's a big difference between mostly…


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Fight Continues Over Right to Monkey Selfie


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As some of you may recall (although it's been three years, which doesn't seem possible), in 2011 we discussed an intellectual-property dispute involving pictures taken by a monkey. See "Legal Questions Raised by Success of Monkey Photographer (July 7, 2011); "In Defense of…


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Well, Somebody Doesn’t Know What “Homophones” Are

It's either Clarke Woodger, who reportedly fired an employee for blogging about them, or people for whom English is a second language. It is plausible to think many in the latter group might not know what "homophones" are, but to…


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Seattle Still Looking for Skull Donors

The King County medical examiner's office said last week that although it had received three other sets of human bones, it still did not have an answer to its original question of who donated three human skulls to a Goodwill store…


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Is a Contract Written on Toilet Paper Enforceable?

Sure! Why wouldn't it be? All you need in order to have a binding contract is a mutual agreement by which each party agrees to do something in exchange for some consideration. (An example from Ohio.) Generally they don't have…



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May a Magistrate Judge Ethically “Dance With the Stars”?

Yes, according to South Carolina's Advisory Committee on Standards of Judicial Conduct: FACTS A full-time magistrate inquires as to the propriety of dancing in a fund-raising event that is similar to a popular television show ("Dancing with the Stars"), in…


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“No, You’re Still Deceased,” Judge Tells Dead Man

"[There's a] man sitting in the courtroom, he appears to be in good health," noted Judge Allan Davis on Monday. But by the end of the hearing, that man was dead. He had also been dead when he walked in,…


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Classifying a Killer Whale for Tax Purposes

That's the title of this short video (1:13) in which Professor Jeff Karlin of Golden Gate University explains that the IRS distinguishes between killer whales and great white sharks, although both are big giant swimming things that could potentially eat…


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Can You Carpool With a Corporation?

No. On Monday, January 7, Jonathan Frieman will be paying $478 for the chance to test out his argument that if corporations are "people," he ought to be able to carpool with one. Actually, the $478 is how much he'll…