This post was written by Jesse Woo and originally published on the Washington Lawyers for the Arts Blog. Read the full post.
Feminism vs. creative control, parodists vs. rights holders, the ongoing GoldieBlox litigation has been cast in a variety of lights, each reflecting the preconceptions of the caster. Whatever one thinks of the relative moral standing of the parties, this case ultimately comes down to the perennial problem of determining what constitutes fair use. It raises a number of interesting issues that could each merit their own discussion, so instead of trying to cover every angle I will focus on a few novel ideas about the nature of fair use and parody. Ultimately, if we can set our biases aside this case becomes a useful lens through which to examine these important issues in copyright law. Read more
There are several recent highlights that I’d like to share.
First, we had our first Future of the Profession Workgroup meeting on Feb. 20. This is such a dynamic group with great depth of expertise. It was truly an honor to sit in a room with each of these experts. Every person brought an important perspective to the table. The meeting was scheduled for four hours, and it flew by. I thank the Governors for making this workgroup possible and thank you Governors Moberg, Haynes and Brady for attending this meeting. I see truly great things coming from this workgroup and will keep you posted as we continue to look for ways to retool our profession.
Second, on Feb. 21, I attended the 28th Annual Goldmark Luncheon. The lunch was an opportunity to donate to the Campaign for Equal Justice and Chief Justice Madsen, Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark and I, did our part.
During the ceremony, the Legal Voice was recognized as an award recipient. Legal Voice provides representation to a broad range of individuals and groups such as sexual and domestic violence, marriage equality, reproductive rights, equal pay. You can find out more information here.
Additionally, Justice Steven Gonzalez, Judge Nicole Gaines and Professor Robert Chang were honored with the Charles A. Goldmark Distinguished Service Award for their Race in Criminal Justice Task Force leadership.
Following the Goldmark lunch, I attended a Supreme Court forum. The event was well attended and a welcomed opportunity for citizens and lawyers to openly address the Court. Read more
A minor’s medical malpractice claim has traditionally been subject to the same statute of limitation requirements as that of an adult. However, the recent Washington Supreme Court decision of Schroeder v. Weighall, M.D., et al., has declared RCW 4.16.190(2) unconstitutional.
Our offices will be closed on Monday, February 17 in observance of Presidents Day.
We all know the basics about George Washington — he was the first president of the United States, the commander-in-chief during the American Revolutionary War, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. We also know the most famous story of Washington’s life: the story of the cherry tree. We know he cannot tell a lie. But what don’t we know about Washington? Here are some relatively unknown facts:
- George Washington was born on Feb. 22, 1732, which happened to be before the colonies switched from the Julian Calendar to the Gregorian Calendar, which means his birthday is now celebrated on February 11. This past Tuesday would have been his 282nd birthday. Happy birthday, George! Read more