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DOJ Saves Film Animation from Monopoly, Ghost of Walt Disney Laughs

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D.A. Ridgely

D.A. Ridgely holds degrees in philosophy and law. (He doesn't really hold them, they just hang there on the wall or peek out as initials after his name. (Actually, that isn't true, either. Those are mere symbols giving evidence of his possession of those degrees. (“Possession,” strictly speaking, being a metaphor of sorts.))) (He is overly fond of parenthetical expressions.)

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  1. Avatar James K says:

    It things like that that lead me to think that while there are theoretical merits to having anti-trust law, in practice I’m not so sure it’s a good idea.

    Though the policy wonk in me wonders if there isn’t a better way to do it. If I were in a position to reform anti-trust law I’d re-arrange it to focus on contestability rather than concentration. It really doesn’t matter how many or few firms are in the market, so long as it’s relatively easy for new firms are able to enter.Report

    • Avatar Mad Rocket Scientist in reply to James K says:

      Very true! How many markets exist in a virtual monopoly because government has limited the playing field. The Institute for Justice has tons of cases like that.Report

  2. Avatar Mad Rocket Scientist says:

    Oh come on! What is the point of being an extremely talented technical professional if you can’t get two or more companies into a bidding war over your services?! That is half the fun of doing all the hard work (math classes, science classes, programming classes, make work, grunt work, practice work that will never amount to anything except to hone your abilities, etc. (see, a parenthetical expression!)) to become an extremely talented technical professional.

    This regulation needs to expand and cover the legal profession & the financial sectors. Betcha it evaporates pretty quick then.Report

  3. I really don’t understand your take on this, several tech companies colluded to suppress the wages of employees and the DoJ intervened (FT). What is the problem?Report

  4. Makes for an interesting pursuit: If we remove antitrust laws from the non-essential matter of cartoon production, then perhaps we can remove it also from the less-essential matter of baseball?Report