The Statute of Limitations (aka Prescription)

Hope you enjoyed part 7 on damages in our series on Idea Theft . Welcome to Part 8 on Prescription or the Statue of Limitations. A statute of limitations, known in civil law systems such as Quebec as a prescriptive period, is a law… Continue Reading →

Lessons from Alexander the Great’s Siege of Tyre (332 BC)

Tyre was a fortress island off the coast of modern day Lebanon. The city was a strategic coastal base on the Mediterranean Sea. Alexander was so enraged at the Tyrians’ defence of their city and the loss of his men that… Continue Reading →

The Paradox of Damages in Legal Cases

Hope you enjoyed part 6 on copyright infringement precedents featuring the concept of implied contracts, and the expectation of good faith dealing in our series on Idea Theft . Welcome to Part 7 on Damages. Estimating Damages in an Injunction When I wrote… Continue Reading →

The Market Transfers Wealth from Impatient to Patient

Three of my best performing bets started off as duds, until they broke through and outperformed the market. In the previous article, we looked at the main difference between the 1990 dot com bubble and today’s market. Fast Forward to… Continue Reading →

Irrational Exuberance or a Market That Makes Sense?

The Biggest Variable Affecting Growth Stock Prices in Year(s) to Come is whether or not we will experience multiple compression. Earlier this week, I came across this graph of Yahoo’s revenues and experienced a bit of PTSD. Once upon a… Continue Reading →

You Can’t Handle the Truth

Hope you enjoyed part 5 in our series on Idea Theft. Welcome to Part 6 on Copyright Infringement Precedents and Implied Contracts. If in this series I have mentioned – on the World Wide Web for all people to see – an idea… Continue Reading →

Hollywood Perfected the Art of Gaslighting

Hope you enjoyed part 4 on how victims are exposed, and expose themselves to Idea Theft. Welcome to Part 5. The Evolution of Storytelling Before launching WatchMojo, I wanted to produce scripted stories: comedy and drama. When WatchMojo turned ten in 2016,… Continue Reading →

The Pen is Mightier than the Sword

Hope you enjoyed part 3 on Diplomacy in our series on Idea Theft. Welcome to Part 4, which explains how victims expose themselves to Idea Theft in the first place. A Brave New World I’m not trying to be the Ronan Farrow of… Continue Reading →

The Art of Not Taking Shit From Anyone

In the past, I’ve occasionally published a noteworthy memo or letter, be it internally from my day-to=day job or something epic and noteworthy I wish to reference in the future. This is from a legendary letter screenwriter Joe Eszterhas (of… Continue Reading →

Ambition & Drive: The Confessions of Alexander the Great

Alexander the Great is widely considered to be the most influential secular figure of all time. Nearly twenty years ago, I set out to explore why. In my writings here, I cite back to my books; instead of linking to… Continue Reading →

Diplomacy v Intimidation: Ways People Are Intimidated to Shut Up

Hope you enjoyed part 2 of our series on Idea Theft, welcome to Part 3. Picasso was known to say: “Good artists create, great artists steal.” At least he admitted it! When someone takes your project and develops it without… Continue Reading →

Hollywood is About Ideas & Relationships; Equality & Justice Be Damned

Hope you enjoyed part 1 of our series on Idea Theft, welcome to Part 2. Hollywood likes to project its utopian ideals, but the reality is it has a foundation rooted in piracy and a history of fostering inequality. A day of reckoning… Continue Reading →

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