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Comment: Re:An appeal is a virtual certainty... (Score 1) 1184 1184

I would be more inclined to that position if the current jury had not just returned a verdict form which awarded Apple damages whilst simultaneously finding that there was no patent infringement... (See the live blog from 4.50 EDT)

Comment: An appeal is a virtual certainty... (Score 5, Insightful) 1184 1184

Which is a significant problem with having juries in thorny, complex civil trials. Emotion, procedural rules and the voire dire triumph over expertise and reason. It can work in your favour or against you, but it is impossible to verify that the thinking processes of the jury are rigorous. At least judges sitting on their own have to explain the process by which they reached their decisions. Here the reasoning process appears to be a badly filled in sudoku...

Comment: Re:Easy Question (Score 1) 711 711

If the people in the picture are younger than the age at which they can legally consent to having that picture taken, then that picture is illegal.

You don't think your thesis proves too much? This would suggest that every picture of every child legally incapable of "consent" to the taking of that photograph is thereby illegal. I'm sure the Disney Channel is thereby loaded with illegal content...

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