Tag Archives: law

October 10, 2017
January 12, 2016

Fixing the Eyewitness Problem — How a travesty led to criminal-justice innovation in Texas

Psychologists have long recognized that human memory is highly fallible. Hugo Münsterberg taught in one of the first American psychology departments, at Harvard. In a 1908 book called “On the Witness Stand,” he argued that, because people could not know when their memories had deceived them, the legal system’s safeguards against lying—oaths, penalties for perjury, and so on—were ineffective. He expected that teachers, doctors, and politicians would all be eager to reform their fields. “The lawyer alone is obdurate,” Münsterberg wrote.

It’s still early 2016, but this article may be one of the best pieces of journalism I’ll read all year. Exceptional.

May 23, 2012

Oracle v. Google: no patent infringement found

Interestingly, the jury is still out on whether APIs can be copyrighted (no pun intended):

Judge Alsup still hasn’t ruled on the issue of whether APIs can be copyrighted at all. Additional briefing by both sides is due today. Alsup this morning reassured lawyers that his ruling on the issue will come sometime next week.