Quirky points of law courtesy of Westlaw’s Headnote of the Day

Do note that these are offered as a diversion and may not necessarily be good law:

1. Artwork consisting of a second grade student’s handwritten copy of the Ten Commandments, which was used to promote movie, did not embody a degree of creativity sufficient to make it eligible for copyright protection; result was nothing more than words and phrases, long since dedicated to the public domain, rendered in juvenile penmanship.
Murray Hill Publications, Inc. v. ABC Communications, Inc., 264 F.3d 622 (6th Cir. 2001)

2. Merely being present at the scene of an event, or merely acting in the same way as others or merely associating with others, does not prove that a person has become an aider and abettor.
United States v. Villarreal, 595 F. Supp. 2d 1039 (D. Neb 2008)
3. Artist’s paintings, which communicated his vision of the sanctity of nature, did more than propose a commercial transaction and therefore were not commercial speech, for purposes of the artist’s facial challenge to city’s ordinances that prohibited him from selling his art on city’s streets and parks without first obtaining a license.
White v. City of Sparks, 500 F.3d 953 (9th Cir. 2007)