Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Nobel Prize Winning Economist Paul Krugman Has it Right at the New York Times - America Goes Dark, Gravelly and Uneducated Rather than Opt for Greater Income Equality

Paul Krugman is rightly waving a gigantic red danger flag in his op-ed to the New York Times: America Goes Dark. How many of you thought that was ethnic? In fact, Krugman writes:
"In effect, a large part of our political class is showing its priorities: given the choice between asking the richest 2 percent or so of Americans to go back to paying the tax rates they paid during the Clinton-era boom, or allowing the nation’s foundations to crumble — literally in the case of roads, figuratively in the case of education — they’re choosing the latter.

It’s a disastrous choice in both the short run and the long run."

Knockoffs in Fashion Design Plague Designers as Fashion Industry Copyright Bill Reintroduced to Congress

Tech Dirt alerts us to the introduction of a Fashion Copyright Bill at It's Back: Totally Unnecessary And Damaging Fashion Copyright Bill Reintroduced.

The fashion industry is of course the best example that creation of an incomparably dynamic and innovative industry proceeds best WITHOUT copyright protection.

On the other hand, if the government is to be consistent in drawing up norms as a matter of law, there is no legal basis in Constitutional Law to exclude fashion design from the protection of copyrights or patents.

If something as laughable as a business method can be patented (so the holding of the United States Supreme Court in the Bilski case) then a fashion design would seem to be one tangible cut above that.

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