Saturday, September 16, 2006

Corinthian Leather® and other matters

ESPN: "woman gets 2.75 million for house and 4 acres from arlington, texas city council"
I've never been inside Texas Stadium in Irving, but it looks perfectly serviceable to me from the outside. Someone once said there's a hole in the roof because that way God can watch the Cowboys. You would think something like that would have been sufficient to keep them in Irving, but for some reason Arlington voters decided some time ago that they would raise the funds to build a new stadium to lure them away. Now as some of you already know, Irving is a little closer to Dallas than Fort Worth, but Arlington is roughly half-way between the two. You'd think the city of Dallas should be able to muscle billionaire owner Jerry Jones into staying put( or even going back to the Cotton Bowl®, located as it is in Dallas proper), by threatening to take away his right to call them the Dallas Cowboys, a municipality turning the tables for once on a sports franchise. I know, you're thinking-- intellectual property rights run amuck: maybe that city in Spain would sue Daimler-Chrysler® for retroactive royalties on all those Cordobas they built in the 70s, and Paris, France could sue Paris, Texas, and the French government could sue Versailles, Kentucky, the principality of Monaco could sue GM®(almost forgot...), the remaining Ottowa indians could sue the Canadian government, Shakespeare's heirs could sue several million people(and Bacon's heirs could then sue them, and...)

rrrich corinthian leather...mmm
Maybe we would then have to severely curtail the scope of IP law altogether. 3rd world farmers wouldn't worry about giving back genetically-modified seeds to western corporations and fewer Africans would die of AIDS. Maybe. But it would stifle innovation®, that's what the brochures say. Also maybe. But wouldn't innovation also become a lot less expensive? It's far more important that Universal Music Group® should be able to sue myspace® and youtube®, so get your priorities in order.

See also: NASA's orbital debris program,
the Air Force's space surveillance,

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