- The Gavel Store
- Gavel bouquet
- China.org.cn: Shanghai Courts Start to Use Gavel
- Silk Robes and Sou’westers: Scene 4: The Supreme Court of Newfoundland in session
- The Green Bag: J. Wright, “An American Visitor to a Canadian Court” [pdf]
- Canoe: Judge’s own “Da Vinci Code” cracked
- The Guardian: Books: How judge’s secret Da Vinci code was cracked
- WorldLII: Free Access to Law Movement: Declaration on Free Access to Law
- Larry Downes
- CIO Insight: L. Downes, “Why Johnny Can’t Stop Sharing Files”
- Citizens for Open Access to Civic Information and Data
- O’Reilly Radar: Open Text Mining Interface
- Nascent: Open Text
I’ve recently finished working on part of a website that makes use of icons to symbolize certain concepts — pretty stock stuff on the web. Except that it isn’t easy to find appropriate symbols, at least those that can work as icons, for abstract notions or large social institutions (which may be the same thing, now that I come to think about it).
How do we symbolize law in a tiny picture? Court? A lawyer? For the last, the best I could do was draw a mini-person and hope that it was clear the person was a lawyer because of . . . [more]
Given that this week’s theme is ‘Copyright’, I went back to a recent article I had read in CIO Insight, in January, by Larry Downes, Associate Dean of the UC-Berkeley School of Information Management and Systems and the author of Unleashing the Killer App and The Strategy Machine.
In the article titled “Why Johnny Can’t Stop Sharing Files”, Larry postulates that: “Copyright is effectively dead, despite the entertainment industry having won the Grokster case—or maybe even, in part, because it did. The consequences of ignoring the that change are dire.”
He makes several key points, . . . [more]
Not quite a copyright issue, but still and all a question of free access and control:
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We would like to announce the launch of a new online space for Canadian civic engagement – Citizens for Open Access to Civic Information and Data (aka: CivicAccess.ca). CivicAccess is being founded by librarians, civil servants, academics, lawyers, free- and open-source advocates, geomatics professionals and community planners from across Canada. We are motivated by the belief that open civic information and data are necessary for being engaged citizens in an “information society”.
Nous souhaitons vous annoncer le lancement d’un nouvel espace en
A couple of days ago, I came across a note by Tim O’Reilly concerning the Open Text Mining Interface (OTMI). O’Reilly described it as a “copyright hack.” It seems this initiative was started by Timo Hannay, who has also blogged about it on the website of his employer, Nature magazine. The initiative itself is an attempt to respond positively to requests from indexers and data-miners for full-text versions of articles, but without at the same time making human-readable versions of the articles readily available free to non-subscribers. OTMI, an XML format, consists of “word vectors” plus “snippets” which amount, more . . . [more]
To lighten the tone of this week’s serious theme, I give you Justice Peter Smith’s trial reasons in the Da Vinci Code copyright case, aka Baigant and Leigh v. Random House Group Limited.
Just to add to the spicy controversy that seems to follow this popular (but only slightly entertaining and definitely non-literary) book, blogger Ashby Jones (WSJ) posits that the judge imbedded his own code into his judgment. Here’s part of his post for your own entertainment:
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He just couldn’t resist, could he? Justice Peter Smith, the judge who presided over the recent “Da Vinci Code” copyright infringement
As all legal researchers know, meaning is the compass direction we follow as we divert the flood of data through information and on towards knowledge. At some point we pass any given canalization project on to others — typically lawyers or judges who work ultimately with pipettes and eyedroppers to pursue meaning among the bonzai garden pools and fountains. Staying on top is important — which means at times getting that Google Earth view from above of the grand ocean-to-irrigation project, so that one is prepared when glaciers melt, releasing a gush of data, when dikes fail and meaning is . . . [more]
There is a box marked Usage Rights, which permits you to search for content that is
* free to use, share or modify, even commercially
* free to use, share or modify,
* free to use or share, even commercially
* free to use or share
* not filtered by licence
So if a page is liberated from traditional content restrictions by having a Creative Commons licence, you can . . . [more]
Today is Secretaries Day (or Administrative Professionals Day, as its now known), but it’s also World Intellectual Property Day.
None of the site is going to set the world on fire.
It Starts with an Idea. There is a video clip.
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Today is World Intellectual Property Day.
Just in time for our Copyright Week, a who’s who of Canadian Music announced yesterday the formation of the Canadian Music Creators Coalition.
They are a strong force:
Raine Maida (Our Lady Peace),
Dave Bidini (Rheostatics),
John K. Samson (Weakerthans),
Broken Social Scene,
Bob Wiseman (Co-founder Blue Rodeo)
What is interesting from a copyright perspective is that they are articulating an artist-based, . . . [more]
The recent issue of the University of Ottawa Law and Technology Journal has two articles on copyright by Canadian scholars: “The Purpose of Copyright Law in Canada,” by Ottawa’s Daniel Gervais, and “The Evolution of Originality in Canadian Copyright Law: Authorship, Reward and the Public Interest” by my colleague at Osgoode, Carys Craig. Both articles are available online in PDF format. The abstracts follow:
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In three recent cases, the Supreme Court of Canada provided several pieces of the Canadian copyright policy puzzle. We now know that the economic purpose of copyright law is instrumentalist in