Wednesday, March 12, 2008
P.S. For a thorough analysis of the Seinfeld case, check out this article.
Posted by The Dear Rich Staff at 9:45 AM
Monday, March 10, 2008
One question that arises from the company's use of student papers is whether it's committing copyright infringement. The company says no, that it's a fair use because they're using the papers for a transformative purpose -- catching cheaters. When students object to the practice, the lawyers for Turnitin.com respond that their website prevents copying by students -- a goal of copyright law. Hmm. As to whether the practice actually is a fair use, we'll have to wait and see what the courts decide, and at least one such case has been filed. (BTW kids, if you're copying Dear Rich blog entries into your term papers, you have nothing to worry about; nothing's been filed at Turnitin... yet.)
As for your right to not take a breathalyzer test, that's a little bit out of the Dear Rich universe. However, since Rich once was required to edit books on motor vehicle codes, he can assure you that there is a downside to not taking a breathalyzer when requested. Many states have implied consent laws, which means that by getting a license, your consent to take a breathalyzer is implied, and if you don't, you could be fined, lose your license, or get sentenced to time in jail. So think carefully before refusing a professor's or police officer's request.
Posted by The Dear Rich Staff at 10:56 AM