A new article describes changes in legal scholarly communication as a shift from long, rights-protected mediated forms to short, open-access, unmediated ones. The author, Lawrence Solum, also considers the causes of the change, and the future. His comments are based mainly on his experiences as a blogger.
Solum, Lawrence B., “Download It While Its Hot: Open Access and Legal Scholarship” . Lewis & Clark Law Review, Vol. 10, p. 841, 2006 Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=957237
The article appears in a special issue on open access and the legal world.