Strong Court Ruling Upholds the Artistic License (fwd)

Matthew Flaschen matthew.flaschen at
Mon Aug 18 02:23:17 UTC 2008

Tzeng, Nigel H. wrote:
> 1) He's an advocate for a certain position and not just a lawyer.  This
> position is somewhat similar but not identical to my own.  Therefore
> certain strategies are good for him but not necessarily good for me.
> That's okay, of course, since he's not my lawyer.  Neither is he the
> lawyer for the OSF.
> 2) In his profession, reality is whatever he can convince a judge to
> say is reality.  Therefore he can argue with complete sincerity and
> conviction that reality is X if he believes he has a strong enough
> case to have X upheld.
> Even if !X can also be argued with complete sincerity and conviction
> by a different lawyer for the same reasons...

Indeed, it's important to remember that law is not logic.  Although, if 
the logical conclusion of law is too far from the /reasonable/ 
conclusion, laws need to be changed.

Matt Flaschen

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