Laws and regs

Laws and Copyright

Some time ago, long enough that I don’t remember even a general time frame, I saw a link posted on Twitter about copyright and the D.C. Code. Yesterday I came across this post from Prism Legal on the same subject (note…

Nativity

Today’s question of minimal consequence: Why do we say “Native Hawaiian” but “Alaska Native”? (See, e.g. 20 U.S.C. s 7265e.)

Stowaways

Got distracted while working today and came across a very useful piece of information: stowing away on a ship or aircraft is a federal crime. So, you know, don’t do it. That trip in your friend’s suitcase just isn’t worth…

Missed opportunity

While a coworker has been on maternity leave, I’ve been doing the pre-publication review of agency rulemakings. It’s been fun. And sometimes there are really great errors. Like “diffuse a fight” instead of “defuse a fight.” It keeps my mind…

Taxis

I’ve been pondering taxis all day, since I read about cab drivers protesting proposed legislation that will require them to have newer cars, etc etc. (Yes, the “etc etc” is because I haven’t actually read the bill.) Then there was…

Fines and imprisonment

As I’ve been skimming the DC Code, I’ve started keeping track of provisions that call for “a fine of no more than $387 or imprisonment for not longer than 14 days, or both.” Numbers obviously changed to protect the innocent.…

Over my…

DC Code § 7-201 (3) “Dead body” means a human body or such parts of such human body from the condition of which it may be reasonably concluded that death recently occurred.