Thursday, April 29, 2010

Tied for the Most Important Post in the History of My Blogs

My other son, Jacob Schneider, has co-authored a long and brilliant profile of Lee Bollinger, the president of Columbia University, for The Eye, the magazine of the Columbia Daily Spectator.

And his mother, his brother Nate, his sisters Mara and Lia, and I are very proud of Jake, too.

Read and enjoy:

Finding Bollinger

Eight years after his inauguration, he’s fundamentally changed—or restored—the presidency. This is how he did it.

By Jacob Schneider and Joy Resmovits

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Google Books Judge Chin Is Promoted to the Second Circuit

The Senate has approved President Obama's elevation of U.S. District Court Judge Denny Chin, who is sitting on the proposed Google Books settlement, to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Publishers Weekly breaks down the ramifications at

On the question of what happens to the Google deal, my hunch is that Judge Chin will dispose of that piece of business, for better or worse, before he moves on to the higher court. That is only a hunch. I have no inside information.

As for Chin's impact on Reed Elsevier v. Muchnick, I note that our case is being reviewed by the same three-judge panel that looked at it before issuing the jurisdiction ruling (which got overturned by the Supreme Court). After receiving the order from the justices reinstating the settlement and our objections to it, the Second Circuit has "stayed" any further action until May 7. Judge Chin will not even be in a position to recuse himself from Reed Elsevier v. Muchnick unless something requires consideration "en banc," by all the Second Circuit judges, rather than just by our three-judge panel.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Most Important Post in the History of My Blogs

My son Nate has published an op-ed essay in the Sacramento Bee, and his mother, his brother, his sisters, and I are all very proud of him.

“Viewpoints: UC faculty could find a lesson in Jaime Escalante’s devotion”

Monday, April 05, 2010

Muchnick Interviewed in Publishers Weekly

Author and activist Irvin Muchnick is interviewed in the April 5 issue of the trade magazine Publishers Weekly.

Muchnick is author of CHRIS & NANCY: The True Story of the Benoit Murder-Suicide and Pro Wrestling’s Cocktail of Death. He is also lead objector in a landmark global class-action copyright case, Reed Elsevier v. Muchnick, which the United States Supreme Court last month sent back to the lower courts for further review.

The Objector

PW talks with Irv Muchnick about the central rights battle of the digital age
by Andrew Richard Albanese — Publishers Weekly, 4/5/2010