Alex Kozinski is a former United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, where he served from 1985 until announcing his retirement on December 18, 2017, after a growing number of allegations of improper sexual conduct and abusive practices toward law clerks. Kozinski was chief judge of that court from November 2007 to December 1, 2014. In addition to his previous judicial duties, Kozinski is an essayist and a judicial commentator.
|For better or worse, we are the Court of Appeals for the Hollywood Circuit. Millions of people toil in the shadow of the law we make, and much of their livelihood is made possible by the existence of intellectual property rights. But much of their livelihood - and much of the vibrancy of our culture - also depends on the existence of other intangible rights: The right to draw ideas from a rich and varied public domain, and the right to mock, for profit as well as fun, the cultural icons of our time.||Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle ;Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement|
|If we as a society are willing to take human life, then we should be willing to watch it being taken.||Capital Punishment, Dealth Penalty & State Execution|
|In a very real sense, the Constitution is our compact with history . . . [but] the Constitution can maintain that compact and serve as the lodestar of our political system only if its terms are binding on us. To the extent we depart from the document's language and rely instead on generalities that we see written between the lines, we rob the Constitution of its binding force and give free reign to the fashions and passions of the day.||Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights ;Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement|
|Judges as a class are not a speaking out group.||Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement|
|Overprotecting intellectual property is as harmful as underprotecting it. Creativity is impossible without a rich public domain. Nothing today, likely nothing since we tamed fire, is genuinely new: Culture, like science and technology, grows by accretion, each new creator building on the works of those who came before. Overprotection stifles the very creative forces it's supposed to nurture.||Copyrights, Patents & Intellectual Property|
|The majority falls prey to the delusion—popular in some circles—that ordinary people are too careless and stupid to own guns, and we would be far better off leaving all weapons in the hands of professionals on the government payroll. But the simple truth—born of experience—is that tyranny thrives best where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people.||Guns & Gun Control ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships|