October 21, 2002

CNET News.com: Judge: Disabilities Act doesn't cover web (federal court rejects ADA suit challenging Southwest's inaccessible web site)
CNET News.com: Direct marketers want anti-spam laws (not surprisingly, the type of law favored by the DMA would simply prohibit forged message headers; the result would be to legitimize spam, and the quantity of spam would increase dramatically, so no legislation at all would be far better)

October 19, 2002

Wired News: Privacy czar: Past haunts present (Peter Swire compares war against terrorism to 1950s anticommunism)

October 14, 2002

Wired News: Man sues airlines for fare access (lawsuit contends that Southwest and American Airlines are violating Americans with Disabilities Act by designing their web sites to thwart access by screen reading programs)

October 11, 2002

CNET News.com: IBM flushes restroom patent (I thought this might be a joke, especially after noticing all of the bathroom humor in the article, but the patent is for real -- see U.S. patent no. 6,329,919, "System and method for providing reservations for restroom use")

October 09, 2002

Washington State U. Daily Evergreen, Oct. 3: Filipino-American history recognized ("The month of October is officially observed as Filipino-American History Month. On Oct. 18, 1587, the first Filipinos landed on the shores of Morro Bay, California on a Spanish galleon called the Nuestra Senora de Buena Esperanza, which translates to 'The Big Ass Spanish Boat.'")
Daily Evergreen, Oct. 4: Apology and retraction ("The story 'Filipino-American history recognized' stated that the 'Nuestra Senora de Buena Esperanza,' the galleon on which the first Filipinos landed at Morro, Bay, Calif., loosely translates to 'The Big Ass Spanish Boat.' It actually translates to 'Our Lady of Good Peace.' Parts of the story, including the translation above, were plagiarized from an inaccurate Web site.") (also see PinoyLife.com, from which the story was copied, and Seattle Times coverage)
Martin Schwimmer's Trademark Blog: 7th Circuit Fair Use Decision re: BARGAINBEANIES.COM (also see Ty v. Perryman [alternate link] (7th Cir. Oct. 4, 2002) [PDF])
Chicago Sun-Times: I-Pass has a new role: I spy

October 01, 2002

This court decision isn't particularly interesting if you're not a patent type ("In order to prevent the flexible elastic ring from being dislodged from its seating by the intense compression of the parts, the '657 patent discloses the use of an annular extension 33 on the cutting ring 14, and a corresponding annular extension 34 on the shutter mechanism 3, to hold the flexible elastic ring in place.") . . . but you gotta love the name of the case:  Schwing GmbH v. Putzmeister AG, ___ F.3d ___, 2002 WL 31109922, 2002 U.S. App. LEXIS 20205 (Fed. Cir. Sept. 24, 2002).