Jul 052012

I’d forgotten I’d written this guide to the Tour de France until someone emailed me this morning to thank me for having explained the complexities of the race. Like I say in this guide, it’s more than guys riding bikes really fast… There are plenty of intricacies to note about this seminal and nearly month-long competition.

As you will see, I wrote it during Armstrong’s heyday, using him as an example, but despite the scandal that has cast a pall on those results, the analysis is still fair. The race dynamics are still the race dynamics, and even if you think “le dopage” was rampant, it still wouldn’t completely explain why he did so well. Remember, the Tour de France is about a lot more than guys going fast on bikes; to win you need a lot more in terms of competitive advantage than just an artificial enhancement.

Also for your Tour de France reading pleasure, I have a travelogue that describes what it was like to see it in person. Shortly before going to law school I did a summer school program in Provence to work on my French skills. A portion of that experience is described here, which includes the weekend some classmates and I set out to see a stage on the infamous le Mont Ventoux. Enjoy!

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Jul 032012

Hello, world, it’s been a while, so I thought I’d catch you up on some of what I’ve been busy doing in my professional life while I’ve not been busy blogging here. I have, for instance, been doing a lot of writing elsewhere. My 2011 survey article on Internet intermediary liability was recently published (here’s the 2010 version), and a new update has also been drafted and is now in the editing process. I also wrote a chapter on navigating the DMCA for a practitioner’s guide to be published by the ABA hopefully sometime later this year.

I’ve also done a lot of public speaking on Internet law. In particular, this spring alone I spoke at a college media conference in New York City, at the Open Rights Group conference in London, and before the Silicon Valley chapter of the Internet Society, and separately presented a telephonic CLE through the California State Bar IP Section, which at some point should be downloadable as a podcast.

And now there’s this: along with Paul Alan Levy and Public Citizen I have taken on representation of Plaintiff Doe in Doe v. Carreon, a case made necessary by real and wrongful efforts by a fellow, but extremely wayward, attorney to chill the free speech rights of a blogger. I cannot think of an situation that further exemplifies exactly why I wanted to become a lawyer in the first place, to vindicate free speech interests that others would attempt to squelch, particularly, as in this case, with the misapplication of intellectual property law to the Internet.

Meanwhile, coming soon: further developments to Digital Age Defense.

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