Critical Copyright, and more
“You must know – ”
said the Judge: but the Snark exclaimed: “Fudge!
That statute is obsolete quite!”
– Lewis Carroll, The Hunting of the Snark (Fit 6)
The Barrister’s Dream of the Snark in Court
Illustration by Henry Holiday
Debate is raging over intellectual property. In this debate, we are often distracted by what Lewis Carroll called snarks. These illusory creatures of our mind sidetrack our discussions and deadlock our initiatives. We would then do well to critique our premises.*
· For my work to that end, check out my essays.
· For proposals, take a look at my Copyright Principles.
· For others’ critiques, check out my bibliography.
For my commentary on international copyright and conflicts of laws, go to my publications page linked from my home page Paul Edward Geller, Attorney.
This site last updated November 18, 2012.
* “Patents and copyrights approach, nearer than any other class of cases belonging to forensic discussions, to what may be called the metaphysics of the law, where the distinctions are, or at least may be, very subtile and refined, and, sometimes, almost evanescent.” – Justice Story, Folsom v. Marsh, 9 Fed. Cas. 342, 344 (C.C.D. Mass 1841) (No. 4901).