"Emails to representatives of Moschino to determine whether the company sought and was granted permission from McDonald’s went unanswered.
It’s likely that Moschino chose not to seek permission because the company believes that it can rely on the defense of parody, something which has artistic merit and critical function, and is covered by law. Indeed, the law does provide that a parody is an exception to dilution, but only if the defendant does not use the parody as a designation of source for its own goods and services. In other words, the exception does not apply when a parody is used as a trademark, and this is exactly what Moschino has done.”
Business of Fashion, “Did Moschino Dilute McDonald’s Trademark?" by Anjli Patel, March 3, 2014.
“The Environmental Protection Agency plans to unveil a major new regulation on Monday that forces oil refiners to strip out sulfur, a smog-forming pollutant linked to respiratory disease, from American gasoline blends, according to people familiar with the agency’s plans.”
The New York Times, "E.P.A. Set to Reveal Tough New Sulfur Emissions Rule" by Coral Davenport, March 3, 2014.
Ann Makosinski was just another teenager with another science project when she joined her local science fair in Victoria, Canada, last year. Her invention, a flashlight that is powered solely from hand heat, took second place at the competition. Ann, 16, and her parents, both of whom are HAM radio operators and like to fiddle […]
February 24th 1803: Marbury v. Madison
On this day in 1803 in the case Marbury v. Madison the US Supreme Court established the principle of judicial review. The case arose when Secretary of State James Madison failed to deliver documents to Justice of the Peace for DC William Marbury which officially granted his title. The Court decided that the section of the 1789 Judiciary Act allowing Marbury to bring his claim to the Court was itself unconstitutional. On February 24th the Court ruled unanimously to this effect. The decision gave the Supreme Court the power to interpret the constitution and strike down laws as ‘unconstitutional’. Since then, the Court have made many high-profile rulings branding things unconstitutional. For example: school segregation in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka (1954); school prayer in Engel v. Vitale (1962); teaching creationism in science lessons in Edwards v. Aguillard (1987) and the Defense of Marriage Act in United States v. Windsor (2013).
Don’t let me down, Tinker!
Back to the Future‘s Self-Tying ‘Power Laces’ Are Coming in 2015
”Luckily, that is about to change, Nike designer Tinker Hatfield told Sole Collector.
Hatfield didn’t specify whether they’ll show up on new versions of the Nike Air Mag or on an entirely new product, but who cares? The future is here. Self-tying power laces are here. Or at least, they’ll be here in 2015, which just so happens to be the year the shoes are actually from in the film.”
Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall gave very, very few interviews in his lifetime.
Marshall, biographer Charles Zelden explains, “felt that it was a conflict of interest for a sitting judge to speak out publicly on the issue that might come before the Court.”
But in 1987, Marshall broke his silence in a candid, one-hour interview with journalist Carl Rowan of WHUT (Howard University Television) in Washington, D.C. It is perhaps one of only two televised interviews he gave while on the Court (the only other, to my knowledge, is a 1990 conversation with ABC’s Sam Donaldson, which does not seem to be available online).
The WHUT interview ran for an hour, and it has recently been digitized by the American Archive of Public Broadcasting. The digital files will be available on-site at WGBH in Boston and at the Library of Congress by the end of October of this year, and may someday be available online, if the legal rights can be cleared.
For now, the AAPB and WHUT have made a portion of it available to The Atlantic, a small hint of what must be a remarkable program in full.
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"Creativity and its economic impact – whether producing a wrap dress or a semiconductor – is rarely an act of genius in isolation. It instead is the interworkings and interventions of a highly efficient and effective cluster of firms and those who work for them."
The Harvard Business Review, "New York”s Fashion Industry Reveals a New Truth About Economic Clusters" by Elizabeth Currid-Halkett and Sarah Williams, February 10, 2014.
"The Supreme Court’s 1944 decision in Korematsu v. United States was a disaster. In endorsing an executive order that required 110,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry to be removed from their homes and confined in detention camps, the court relied on wartime hysteria streaked with racism, sullying its reputation and damaging the constitutional principles it was meant to uphold.
Justice Stephen G. Breyer has written that Korematsu has lost all potency as precedent. “The decision has been so thoroughly discredited,” he wrote in a recent book, “that it is hard to conceive of any future court referring to it favorably or relying on it.”
But Korematsu has never been overruled.”
The New York Times, "A Discredited Supreme Court Ruling That Still, Technically, Stands" by Adam Liptak, January 27, 2014.
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