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It’s Not China; It’s Efficiency That Is Killing Our Jobs | Dyske “Today the best ideas can efficiently and quickly propagate worldwide, and everyone can efficiently find them and buy them…When someone owns a means of production that is more efficient, it can eliminate a large number of jobs, and he stands to profit handsomely from the money he saves.

In other words, it’s not so much that American jobs are going overseas; those who own efficient means of production are now pocketing the money that they used to spend on hiring people.” Does Warner Bros. Really Have Exclusive Movie Rights to a Story Posted on Reddit? | Hollywood Reporter “Fledging author James Erwin sold Warner Bros. on movie rights to his short story posted on Reddit. But the user agreement for the news community website could raise some thorny intellectual property questions.” Don’t post original content you own on a website you do not. The Sovereigns: A Dictionary of the Peculiar | Southern Poverty Law Center “Adherents of the “sovereign citizens” movement and of sovereign financial scams like “redemption” are known for their bizarre use of language and Byzantine belief system. What follows is a lexicon – or, more precisely, an idioticon, a dictionary of a peculiar dialect – meant to help court officials, law enforcement officers and the general public make their way through the sovereigns’ verbal fog. ” Authority Without Borders: The World Wide Web and the Delegalization of Law | SSRN “The last few generations of law students and lawyers, as well as the future generations – the digital natives – have shifted almost entirely to conducting legal research online. This shift to online research has led to a blurring of the once clear delineation between legal and nonlegal materials, and contributed to a broadening of the types of sources used as authority in support of legal analysis. This article will show that the traditional ways of defining legal authority are rooted in a print-based system that no longer exists, and that in the world of online research, it is all too easy to lose track of where a source comes from. The combination of accessibility of information and electronic means of retrieval is erasing the once clear line between the distinct domain of law and the broader world of information. This blurring of the line is reinforced by courts, which are increasingly citing to online, nonlegal sources in support of legal reasoning in judicial opinions. The article documents the ways in which traditional means of identifying authority no longer exist, and calls for a new vocabulary for defining authority that reflects the world that exists today. ” 38 Page PDF. Seen via Legal Skills Prof Blog.

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