Errors and Omissions
Originally posted 2014-02-18 16:51:50. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
Doubleday’s flack emails me about a new book called Errors and Omissions by Paul Goldstein, a law professor at Stanford who wrote an earlier book, Copyright’s Highway, that was an early (1994) entry in the “new media law” category. I reviewed the book (favorably) for the old (and evidently defunct) Barrister magazine of the ABA’s Young Lawyers Division, back in the age of the dinosaurs (i.e., white characters on a blue screen). (It was re-released and presumably updated in paperback in 2003.)
Michael Seeley, a take-no-prisoners intellectual property litigator, is virtually commanded by a movie studio to fly to Hollywood to confirm that the studio legally owns the rights to their corporate cash-cow Spykiller franchise. What he discovers in these gilded precincts will plunge him headfirst into the tangle of politics of the blacklisting era and then onto the even darker world of Nazi-occupied Poland.
I say that anyone who can schlep an IP litigator (“take no prisoners”! ooh! we really are the studliest!) through both Commies and Nazis and also write (in addition to Copyright’s Highway) numerous law school textbooks on IP law… well, that’s a guy who knows how to use his sabbatical!