27 April 2004

Just a few random observations—

  • Apparently, President Clinton doesn't need an editor, or perhaps even a proofreader. A little examination of the calendar demonstrates this. For simplicity's sake, let's say that My Life released eight weeks from today. Four weeks of that is in production—for 1.5 million copies casebound, plus shipping to stores, one just can't do better (or at least not much better) than that. That leaves four weeks for editorial suggestions, the author's response, review of the author's response, layout, proofreading the layout, integrating the author's own proofread, etc. Perhaps this can all be done if the book is done in "parts" (and the material that has already been turned in has already gone all the way through). It won't be a very good quality job, though, as a good edit does not even begin until one has read the manuscript all the way through at least once. I'd start a contest for "most hilarious error not ascribable to spin," but that would be shooting big fish in a little barrel.
  • European competition law often presents an interesting contrast to American competition law, especially when competition and intellectual property overlap. The Advocate General's office offers advisory opinions to its members' national courts on "difficult" questions. West Publishing should be glad that the opinion in IMS Health v. NDC Health doesn't represent the law over here, or its monopolistic position and practices on case law and statutory compilations in this country would disappear. <SARCASM> What a shame that would be. </SARCASM>
  • As an interesting contrast to yesterday's Supreme Court hearing on international application of US antitrust laws, consider a not-quite-published-yet WTO ruling on cotton subsidies. What I find most interesting is that traditional jurisprudence for personal jurisdiction over a tortfeasor—the stuff one actually learns in conflicts of law, as opposed to the whitewash in 1L civil procedure—makes the WTO's opinion obvious. Thus, we have yet another variety of "tort reform" at issue…