BY CRAIG MANSON
A Monthly - Weekend With Shades - Column
By now, everybody is just about adjusted to writing "2009" on their checks and other documents, I hope. I know that you have been waiting with excited anticipation for the big anniversary this year--yes, of course, I'm talking about the 100th anniversary of the Copyright Act of 1909! That law is no longer in effect, but its arm still reaches from the legislative graveyard to affect issues yet today. So I thought the first "Appealing Subjects" of 2009 should deal with copyright issues (and I've found a few old photographs of the United States Patent Office just for fun).
Let's start with one of my favorite subjects: orphans!