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This week, we start with a detailed discussion of the Israeli election and the legalities of the prospective deal with Iran. Also, are Hillary’s email’s going to be a legal problem as well as a political problem? Spoiler alert: Hillary should probably lawyer up. Then we move on to the really important issues:  participating in an NCAA bracket pool is gambling. Gambling is illegal. So, all of your Big Dance pools are against the law, right? Perhaps. Finally, have you ever fantasized about listening to hip hop with a couple of law professors? Good news, your dreams are about to come true as Epstein and Yoo put all of their formidable legal intellect and experience into parsing the “Blurred Lines” case. We know you want it.

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  1. Blayne Lantrie Inactive
    Blayne Lantrie
    @BlayneLantrie

    I have to say it. The picture with this podcast is a repeat.basketball

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  2. Stad Coolidge
    Stad
    @Stad

    I can’t see the team logo on Richard’s shirt.  Is it “Chicago Law”?

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  3. Blue Yeti Admin
    Blue Yeti
    @BlueYeti

    Blayne Lantrie:I have to say it. The picture with this podcast is a repeat.basketball

    A Super Fan!

    EJ is working today, so we had to run a repeat. But I would bet (assuming that’s legal — listen to the show) that we get a fresh one tomorrow.

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  4. Scott Reusser Member
    Scott Reusser
    @ScottR

    A topic for next week: Are shorts that short illegal? Or unconstitutional? Or in violation of the Logan Act or something?

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  5. Blue Yeti Admin
    Blue Yeti
    @BlueYeti

    Scott R:A topic for next week: Are shorts that short illegal? Or unconstitutional? Or in violation of the Logan Act or something?

    We know pornography when we see it.

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  6. Ricochet Member
    Ricochet
    @

    John fit in a perfect segue when talking about the Clintons’ “blurring the lines” on legality. I thought for sure that’s where Troy was going next.

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  7. TerMend Inactive
    TerMend
    @TeresaMendoza

    Blayne Lantrie:I have to say it. The picture with this podcast is a repeat.basketball

    I knew it as soon as I saw it!!!

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  8. BuckeyeSam Inactive
    BuckeyeSam
    @BuckeyeSam

    Who cares if it’s a repeat? It’s the best one evah. It’s not a Law Tawk podcast during the NCAA Tourney without it.

    Make it an annual post.

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  9. EJHill Podcaster
    EJHill
    @EJHill

    To my (adoring) public: There is no one who wishes for a world where doing photoshops of Epstein & Yoo pays as well as doing a televised sporting event more than yours truly. Alas.

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  10. user_22932 Member
    user_22932
    @PaulDeRocco

    Richard’s “twitch” sense is tone deaf. The two songs have completely different melodies, completely different chord changes, and completely different words. The only thing they have in common is the beat. They are no more similar than any two cha-chas, or any two beguines, or any two waltzes. If you can copyright the beat or “feel” of a song, then every salsa song but the first one would be in violation of the copyright on the first one. This decision was a travesty, and should be entirely overturned.

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  11. Ricochet Member
    Ricochet
    @EustaceCScrubb

    How can you talk about stolen musical tunes without taking the opportunity to mention the great legal case of Queen and David Bowie Vs Vanilla Ice? The opportunities to mention Vanilla Ice just don’t come up often enough.

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  12. David Guaspari Member
    David Guaspari
    @DavidGuaspari

    A correction to a comment of Richard Epstein’s: It’s true that when you do an ordinary “delete” all that happens is a bit of bookkeeping: the part of the disk containing that data becomes available for future writes, and the data on it remains until that part happens to be reused. However, easily available programs will perform a more serious delete operation that, in addition to the bookkeeping change, overwrites all the data in that section. On the third hand, overwriting is not a perfectly destructive operation: disks are mechanical devices; on different passes across the disk, the head will be aligned in minutely different ways, so that traces of the former data remain even after it’s been overwritten. NSA-quality forensics can find that ghost data. Government standards for *really* deleting data from a disk mandate an elaborate procedure, including overwriting the disk several times in different ways. It’s entirely possible that Hilary’s minions knew enough to use a commercial shredding program, but not enough to prevent a seriously capable examiner from recovering the information.

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  13. Blue Yeti Admin
    Blue Yeti
    @BlueYeti

    Update: new PhotoShop just added. Thanks, EJHill!

    • #13
  14. JimGoneWild Coolidge
    JimGoneWild
    @JimGoneWild

    Intra-state online gambling is legal.

    • #14
  15. JimGoneWild Coolidge
    JimGoneWild
    @JimGoneWild

    What about Weird Al Yankovic’s version fall?

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  16. Sabrdance Member
    Sabrdance
    @Sabrdance

    Add me to the chorus that finds the song uninspiring, but still think that if the law mandates this outcome that the law is stupid, and the legislator or judge who made it that way should be taken out back and beaten with a wire music stand.

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  17. Ricochet Member
    Ricochet
    @EustaceCScrubb

    Two photoshops for the price of one. I like.

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  18. Blayne Lantrie Inactive
    Blayne Lantrie
    @BlayneLantrie

    shark

    Is this not the best photo shop although it’s not part of a podcast.

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  19. TerMend Inactive
    TerMend
    @TeresaMendoza

    Blayne Lantrie:shark

    Is this not the best photo shop although it’s not part of a podcast.

    It’s a classic.

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  20. Mr. Dart Inactive
    Mr. Dart
    @MrDart

    Eustace C. Scrubb:How can you talk about stolen musical tunes without taking the opportunity to mention the great legal case of Queen and David Bowie Vs Vanilla Ice? The opportunities to mention Vanilla Ice just don’t come up often enough.

    Not to be that guy… but the 4 members of Queen and David Bowie all received mechanical royalties for the enormous worldwide sales of the single  “Ice Ice Baby” and the CD that contained it.

    Meanwhile Clyde Stubblefield (one of James Brown’s drummers) has been sampled on over 200 recordings and (almost) never has been paid for the direct use of his work.  The difference?  Queen and Bowie had record deals with EMI and the Vanilla Ice record was picked up by an EMI sub-label, SBK Records from a little indie, Ichiban.  The songwriting credit was added by SBK. Rob Van Winkle and Ichiban had left it off.  (It helped that SBK was started by guys in the music publishing end of the business.)

    This sort of thing should be settled by music publishers and not by jury trial.  Williams/ Thicke didn’t even sample from the Marvin Gaye work.  The ruling was absurd and the dollar amount ridiculous.

    Full disclosure, I was an executive at EMI Music for many years including the period where we sold 15 Million copies worldwide of the debut Vanilla Ice record.  And darn few of his follow-up offerings.  Now he’s on TV as home remodeler.  I had predicted valet parking attendant so I’m pleased he’s doing well.

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