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A marketing opportunity

I am startled to discover that nobody is marketing a line of Amicus Curiae briefs to the queer community.

The closest I can find is this, which really doesn't cut it.

I'm envisioning a line of bikini- and boxer-briefs printed with exerpts from the various marriage-equality court cases (in very small print, for obvious reasons), as well as golden oldies like Lawrence v Texas.



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Dec. 22nd, 2013 06:05 pm (UTC)
cafepress is your friend!
Dec. 22nd, 2013 11:21 pm (UTC)
Dec. 22nd, 2013 06:12 pm (UTC)
Are they copyrighted?
Dec. 22nd, 2013 06:39 pm (UTC)
IIRC, things produced by the federal government are in the public domain, so Supreme Court rulings must be included? But this is a guess.
Dec. 22nd, 2013 07:02 pm (UTC)
I think you're right, and that would also apply to other federal court rulings, such as the most recent one from Utah. But it doesn't (necessarily) apply to state courts, so there might be copyright in the relevant Massachusetts and Iowa decisions.
Dec. 23rd, 2013 03:13 pm (UTC)
It does apply
Governmental entities of all sorts cannot copyright things. That does not stop them trying now and then.

Third parties sometimes produce material that is copyrightable based on this stuff (legal decision compilations being a prime example) but the copyright there is in the arrangement and indexing, not the decision text itself.
Dec. 22nd, 2013 06:18 pm (UTC)
Friend of the court... with benefits?
Dec. 23rd, 2013 03:14 pm (UTC)
I might be something of a wonk
I didn't realize what meaning you had assigned to "briefs" until almost the end of your entry.

It's a hilarious idea - you should pass the idea to HRC or similar.
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