Boxing Law

I have been introduced to the great sport of boxing. We had a couple boxing lawyers come talk to us today for the Arts Law Association career panel. I’m really not a fan of boxing, but it was interesting to hear what they had to say. One attorney started in music, so I asked him about music law and learned a few things.
One of the two attorney’s had started his own practice and doesn’t seem to have any web presence. The other worked for Main Events Promotions, the thrid largest boxing promoter in the US. I was impressed with their Moreover Newsfeed on the left side of the page. (I used to work for Moreover.)
In other news – boy do I have a lot of studying to do…

Last Day of First Year Classes

A long last day of classes – complete with barbecue and annoyingly timed meeting for the Public Interest Project. Unfortunately, the real work is only beginning, as exams are now closer than ever (that’s the nature of time, you’re always closer to a fixed date than you were earlier, until you pass it). What I mean to say is that exams are really soon, and the end of classes doesn’t symbolize much.
It was interesting to hear each professor’s “It’s been real” speeches. Two of the three professors today pondered that their gifts (tickets to various events) might contain a “white powdery substance”. I don’t know what the obsession is.
Overall it’s a bit sad to see the classes end. I had some really good professors that I’m going to miss – though I may end up in some of their other classes in the future.

Trillian IM

I might be a little bit behind the times on this one, but today I discovered something very very cool. The Trillian Instant Messenger is an interface that lets you IM across all the major platforms. Thus I now have one Instant Messenger through which I can IM all my MSN and AOL contacts. (And Yahoo and ICQ contacts, but I don’t have any of those.) The software is a little more complicated than the other messengers because it keeps all the features available to each other messenger, but you can customize it to simplify. Another great feature is that you can download skins to customize the look. Overall I’m very pleased with it (and it’s free).
I could see why such software might be controversial. It basically uses the infrastructures set up my MSN, AOL, etc. and exploits them. AOL has repeatedly tried to block Trillian. I’ve always wondered how companies could make money off of their messenger programs though. Trillian accepts donations. This coupled with the way they encourage tinkering (they encourage new skins anyway), I think they’re on the right track.
After doing a little more searching, I’ve discovered another alternative called Odigo. I haven’t tried it yet, but it looks similar.

Patriots Day

Today was “Patriots Day” in New England. I’ve never heard of it but school was cancelled so… Happy Patriots Day! It turns out April 19th marks the beginning of the US Revolution, so being the patriotic area that it is, New England decided to make it a holiday (observed of course on a Monday so everyone can have a three day weekend – history ain’t THAT important).
I was messing around with the Flash Typer Engine on FlashKit.com – made a nifty little side-bar thingy here with some Spritualized lyrics. It looks a lot like an ad for something though – maybe I can make it better in the future. Not tonight.

Boston Marathon

The Boston Marathon is tommorrow. I never really gave much thought to marathons, but seeing that Beacon Street is part of the route, I thought I’d look into it a bit. There’s a pretty cool video showing the entire route in high speed. I really like time-lapse photography. This one isn’t that amazing, but I think it’s worth a look. I’ve seen a similar video of the drive from Bristol to Portishead (yes, Portishead is a place) on the Portishead (now referring to the band) video. The music in the Portishead video is obviously much better than the Boston Marathon video.

Entertainment Law Conference

The Harvard Law School Committee on Sports and Entertainment Law held their annual Entertainment Law Conference yesterday. I, of course, was there for the entire five hours. To my disappointment, Donald Passman, author of “All You Need to Know About the Music Business,” got sick and could not make it. I thought the “Negotiating Music Contracts” panel did a good job covering all the topics discussed in Passman’s book though.
It was interesting to watch the banter between counsel for the labels (Capitol and MCA were represented) and the music lawyers who represent the artists. They all agreed on one thing: music piracy is the big problem – Quite a contrast from Lawrence Lesig’s vision of free information.
Overall the conference was great. I’m jealous of Harvard’s ability to gather such a large number of such influential industry leaders for a classroom-size conference. But at least they were willing to share.

Lessig

Lawrence Lessig gave a presentation at BU Law today for our annual “Distinguished Lecture”. Luckily, my Constitutional Law professor was losing his voice and let the class out an unprecedented 15 minutes early. This allowed me to catch Professor Lessig’s entire presentation.
Professor Lessig presented an entertaining argument for more limited copyright controls, grounded in law but exemplified through “stories”. I’m not going to go into the substance of his argument here, but I will say that I enjoyed the speech and I’m looking forward to getting into more specialized legal issues (such as copyright) in the next two years. I’m getting tired of Civil Procedure and Constitutional Law, though neither is as boring as I thought it would be. Hopefully this summer I’ll have time to read Lessig’s book, “The Future of Ideas“. No time for stuff like that now…

Arts Law Association Photo Contest

Today was the judging for the BU Arts Law Association‘s “Samuel Postbrief Photo Contest”. This year’s theme: “Torts Illustrated”. Two of us ran around the school this morning posting flyers for the event. We seem to have prompted a school-wide “Flyer Policy” email. Ooops. Needless to say, a lot of people stopped by to check out the photos…
And to vote! My photo of a dog peeing on a giant tank of nitrogen (see “NYC Trip Photo Gallary“) won second place in the people’s choice category. I guess people liked it. The pictures were really great – very creative. I’m surprised I won – considering the competition. Hopefully the photos will end up online somewhere so I can link to them.

Down With the New Drum & Bass Sound

Today is a beautiful day (in terms of weather). Generally being a cold weather person, I’m dreading the hot summer months. Nevertheless, I do occasionally appreciate a “nice” day. I’d open my windows if Park Drive wasn’t so noisy.
I was listening to some of my drum & bass records today and thinking about the new style of drum & bass that seems to taking over. I haven’t been out to the clubs much lately, but I’ve been listening to Fabio and Grooverider (Friday nights on Radio 1 – 9pm EDT). I like either the mellow atmospheric sound or the darker, harder styles. I think this dancy, vocally stuff is too much of a step towards garage. Not that I don’t appreciate it. I just don’t like to see it take over the entire scene.