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Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin wanted a preliminary injunction in the Kimberlin v. Waker, et al. nuisance lawsuit that would have required Aaron Walker, Stacy McCain, Ali Akbar, Kimberlin Unmasked, and me to take down everything we had posted on the Internet concerning him. His request was denied.

He sought permission to file a similar motion in the Kimberlin v. The Universe, et al. RICO Madness, but when he was told what limitations would be placed on his filing, he chickened out, saying that he would file yet another vexatious lawsuit and seek a preliminary injunction through it.

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I now state for the record that I have decided to file a separate federal lawsuit against those defendants for conduct outside the current case, and I will file the preliminary injunction motion under that case number.

Go ahead. Make my day.

A Copyright Hypothetical


Consider a writer called Mr. K. He writes a parody of another writer’s work and publishes it online.

The second writer, let’s call him Mr. S, takes almost all of K’s parody and republishes in a book without permission, daring K to sue him for copyright infringement. K sells the book rights to his work to a third party, let’s call him Mr. 3, who jointly registers the copyright to K’s work with K and who does, in fact, sue S for infringement. S and 3 wind up settling the lawsuit, and S believes that he has gotten away with his infringement.

Emboldened, S registers the copyright for a second one of his books and threatens to file a lawsuit against a fourth party (Mr. G, who S believes to be K) for some imagined infringement of his second book. Because he waited almost four years after the date of first publication of his book, S is outside of the registration within three months of publication window for statuary damages. All he can claim is his actual damages from lost sales—on a book that hasn’t sold any copies for months.

K notices that S published a pdf copy online of the book containing the ripoff of his parody. Since his copyright was registered within the three month window of first publication, since S’s dare to sue opens the possibility of enhanced statuary damages of $150,000, and since K is not a party to the settlement agreement between S and 3, K realizes that he has standing to sue.

Yours Truly, Johnny Atsign


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Missing Lithium


The globular star cluster Messier 54Most of the light chemical element lithium now present in the Universe was produced along with hydrogen and helium during the Big Bang but in much smaller quantities. Astronomers have calculated how much lithium they expect to find in the early Universe and from this work out how much they should see in old stars. But the calculations don’t match the observed values. There is about one-third of lithium in stars that we expect to see in our galaxy, The Milky Way.

This new image from the VLT Survey Telescope at ESO’s Paranal Observatory the globular cluster Messier 54, a star cluster that doesn’t belong to the Milky Way but is part of a small satellite galaxy, the Sagittarius Dwarf Galaxy. A team of astronomers has used the VLT to measure how much lithium there is in a selection of stars in Messier 54. They find that the levels are close to those in the Milky Way. So, whatever it is that got rid of the lithium seems not to be specific to the Milky Way.

Image Credit: ESO