Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Christmas Day- Chinese Food, a Movie... and Antitrust?

Posted by D. Daniel Sokol

The Sokol tradition in the United States on Christmas day, like that of many Jews, is to go eat Chinese Food and see a movie.*  Today's movie, by request of my two year old daughter will be Alvin and the Chipmunks.  What does this have to do with antitrust?  Thinking about movies has reminded me that in the pipeline is what I believe will be an excellent book that addresses antitrust issues in the motion picture industry.  Barak Orbach of the University of Arizona Rogers College of Law is writing Reel Law:  A Legal History of the American Motion Picture Industry (Yale University Press, forthcoming).

In terms of issues of competition in Chinese food, why is it that unlike Italian food, which is equally ubiquitous  in the United States, the market for Chinese food remains so fragmented without any national chains? 

* When I lived in England as a graduate student at Oxford, not only were the movie theaters closed on Christmas Day but they were also closed the following day for Boxing Day.  Chinese restaurants were also closed on December 25 and 26, so Christmas felt particularly strange in the UK because it seemed like there was nothing to do.


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