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This is a text of a message I received last Friday which should be of interests to SLAW:

Access Copyright and Creative Commons Canada Announce Public Domain Registry
Ground-breaking project will feature globally searchable catalogue of Canadian culture
Access Copyright, The Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency and Creative Commons Canada, in partnership with Creative Commons Corporation in the US, today announced the development of a Canadian public domain registry. The ground-breaking project – the most comprehensive of its kind in Canada – will create an online, globally searchable catalogue of published works that are in the Canadian public domain.

“Canada has . . . [more]

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Chat Reference

When we have some full-time permanent reference librarians here at Osgoode (soon) I’m going to be seriously looking into
online/chat reference, perhaps in cooperation with other libraries around the world so as to offer a 24/7 service. I have concerns though about how we would limit such a service to our own Osgoode or York University community and those of other partner institutions. Obviously we don’t want to be flooded with queries from all and sundry at the expense of our primary clientele. Do other Slawyers have experience with this kind of thing? I’d be very interested to hear. As . . . [more]

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What Slaw Hath Wrought

A week later a field report from Project Rothstein.

Firstly, I’m delighted that the Slaw community really came together. Indeed Simon F and Simon C (who are old friends and colleagues) had the pleasure of consuming a bottle of Montepulciano with Connie Crosby Whom neither of us had ever met actually, yet we felt as if we’d collaborated for ever. Thanks to Connie and Simon for their introduction to writely.com, a Linux based collaborative word processing programme. It permitted us to work together on the same document, sometimes at the same time.

In addition, Mark Lewis compiled case law, . . . [more]

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Out of the Nutshell

The publication of John McCamus’sSee his other professional biography. wonderfully thoughtful Law of Contracts a few weeks ago led to reflections about the market for Canadian legal publications.

There had always been hesitations about recommending specific texts on Canadian contract law (there being nothing with the clear stature of Anson on Contracts or Sir Gunter Treitel’s monograph); of course Waddams was scholarly (though one might end up wondering what the law was), Fridman was a bit formalistic (though with helpful footnotes, especially for smaller jurisdictions) and Jean Côté’s An Introduction to the Law of Contract (Juriliber, 1974) was stimulating . . . [more]

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Yale Data on Child Representation

Representing Children Worldwide is a project of Yale Law School that attempts to catalogue “how children’s voices are heard in child protective proceedings” in an advertised 250 countries in the year 2005. This is an interesting, potentially useful, flawed project. Any data arrived at through a decent research method for such a spread of jurisdictions has real potential to help teachers, legislators and lawyers who find themselves working across legal boundaries.

The project seems to have run out of money, though, before it was completed. Thus, there’s nothing whatever on Canada, a jurisdiction that could have yielded up its various . . . [more]

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RIM Blackberry /NTP Settlement

I am surprised to appear to be the first SLAWyer to post the news that the Blackberry patent dispute appears to have been settled, as per this CBC news story. This is major news. I assume because the settlement was reached late Friday night that more discussion of the settlement will not occur until the open of business on Monday. . . . [more]

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Public Domain and Copyright

Further to Simon’s recent post on the possible establishment of a “public domain” registry/database: I think this is great news if it happens. I have been quite silent as a SLAW poster due to research I am conducting on early Canadian ragtime sheet music (circa 1899-1920) and have been trying to assess the possible public domain status of several pieces of sheet music. The US has a relatively simply rule (roughly, anything before 1923 is public domain, although the rule is not that simple). My limited understanding of the Canadian rule is that the Canadian rule depends on the . . . [more]

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Will the Boycott Reach Lexis?

Thursday’s Times Literary Supplement contains a Letter to the Editor from a distinguished group of authorsIncluding two Nobel Prize Winners, and a brace of Booker prizewinners, including Canadian Yann Martel suggesting a boycott of the London Book Fair, because its organizers (a sister company to Lexis) are linked to a company pivotal to world arms sales:

Times Online March 01, 2006
The London Book Fair

Sir, – The London Book Fair reflects the benign internationalism that can come from the business of writing. Later this week its stands and seminars will host visitors from eighty countries. The commerce of

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CBA PracticeLink Articles

Some items of interest in today’s CBA’s PracticeLink:

On KM:
How to Build a Knowledge Management System: Manage Files Right, Right from the Start By Edward Poll

On RSS and Blogs:
New Media Marketing, Part I – Blogs: How Lawyers Can Become Thought Leaders in a Niche Market By Janet Ellen Raasch

New Media Marketing, Part II – How RSS Can Supercharge Your Legal Communications By Janet Ellen Raasch

…and they offer two poscasts and RSS feeds as well. . . . [more]

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Public Domain Registry

Access Copyright, The Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency and
Creative Commons Canada, in partnership with Creative Commons Corporation in the US, today announced the development of a Canadian public domain registry. The ground-breaking project – the most comprehensive of its kind in Canada – will create an online, globally searchable catalogue of published works that are in the Canadian public domain.
Access Copyright news release

The first stage of the project will produce a registry of  Canadian works, the second a  registry of works from elsewhere. We are told (without any sense of irony) that the registry will  be freely . . . [more]

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