BREAKING: Justice Kagan is a Spidey nerd

55887065320a56cf4241619f_elana-kagan-spidermanAs reported by Salon, today the Supreme Court ruled that “the inventor of a Spider-Man toy did not have a right to royalties beyond the expiration of his patent. In the case, Marvel argued that it was not obligated to pay Stephen Kimble, the inventor of a Spider-Man toy that shoots foam string, for product sales royalties after Kimble’s patent had expired.” While delivering sweet, sweet justice, Justice Kagan  used her position as Decision Author to connected her important position in the American Justice System to another legendary crime fighter: Spider-Man himself.  Check it out…

“What we can decide, we can undecide. But stare decisis teaches that we should exercise that authority sparingly. Cf. S. Lee and S. Ditko, Amazing Fantasy No. 15: ‘Spider-Man,’ p. 13 (1962) (‘[I]n this world, with great power there must also come — great responsibility.’).

– The Justice Kagan

This decision is full of Spider-Man references, including the phrases “Patents endow their holders with certain superpowers, but only for a limited time.” and “The parties set no end date for royalties, apparently contemplating that they would continue for as long as kids want to imitate Spider-Man (by doing whatever a spider can).”

Check out more of the Decision here.

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Jarys Maragopoulos grew up in the suspiciously isolated Ojai valley. Having acted in about a dozen plays as a child, including radio comedy routines, Jarys escaped with a College acceptance letter they had forged out of a hallmark card and octopus Ink. They rode the trains and learned the way of the hobos until arriving at the idyllic city of San Francisco, home to Jarys' dreams. At the University of San Francisco, where they won a Bachelors in History from the Dean in a Kung Fu match, Jarys met their two best friends and stopped blushing when they told people their favorite movie was “Return of the Jedi”. Since that time Jarys has earned their teaching credential (without resorting to thaumaturgy), collected a small library, learned Sumerian, and fell in love.
That list is not causal, they promise.

[Jarys is Genderqueer and, consequently, uses they/their/them pronouns.]

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