This Week in the News…

Posted: April 26, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national news coverage George Mason received during the past week:

Sunday, April 21, Portland Oregonian

Suicide Law May Go to 9th Circuit

Nelson Lund, a professor at George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Va., says the appellate courts would be wise to follow the lead of [U.S. District Judge Robert] Jones and avoid the appearance of an ideologically driven opinion. In Bush v. Gore, the controversial 2000 decision that awarded the presidency to George W. Bush, most observers assumed the judges simply voted their political affiliation, a perception that hurts the legitimacy of the judiciary. But Jones gave the opposite impression in his ruling, Lund said…. ‘This opinion suggests the opposite (of Bush v. Gore). This judge hints that he opposes assisted suicide, but he nevertheless is going to apply the law so as to allow it.'”

Monday, April 22, InformationWeek

Thorny Issues Surround Hyperlink Ownership

By Bradford C. Brown, chairman of the National Center for Technology and Law at the George Mason University School of Law, and David Post, a Temple University law professor and senior fellow at the Tech Center

“We don’t like to predict what courts will do in particular cases, but it’s hard to imagine one ruling that British Telecom’s patent is valid or is as broad as the company claims it is, and that therefore anyone who has ever put a link on a Web page is a patent infringer. Stranger things have happened, such as last month’s ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in New York that may make many Web links subject to copyright protection…. But these cases illustrate one of the things that makes the fight against ‘intellectual property piracy’ on the Internet so difficult: The legal system keeps telling us that we’re all pirates. To paraphrase Richard Nixon, we’re all infringers now. Such decisions aren’t a recipe for increased respect for, or compliance with, the law.”

Thursday, April 25, Los Angeles Times

Gates Scores Points for Appearance Analysis

“It was a classic courtroom strategy to win sympathy by showing a human element amid the complex legal arguments over corporate bullying. ‘He’s helped because he’s put a human face on the company,’ said Ernest Gellhorn, an antitrust expert and law professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va…. ‘Some of these CEOs hate lawyers [and the judicial process], but more often than not it pays to have that face there,’ Gellhorn said.”

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