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Exemptions to the U.S. DMCA

Sharon Wang, Reference Librarian at Osgoode Hall Law School, points us to this from Mondaq:

Effective November 27, 2006, the Librarian of Congress announced the adoption of six exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s (“DMCA”) anti-circumvention provision, the exemptions to apply for the next three years. The announcement renewed three exemptions granted in prior rulemakings: computer programs protected by obsolete dongles; computer programs and video games distributed in obsolete formats; and eBooks with disabled read-aloud functions. In addition, three new classes of works received exemptions: audiovisual works in a university film archive; firmware on mobile telephone handsets; and

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QP LegalEze RSS

QP LegalEze, the “web-based subscription service providing access to the current laws of British Columbia”, has retooled their website, and launched its collection of RSS Feeds. Here’s what’s available:

Congratulations to everyone at QP, and thanks to Ken O’Connor for giving me a heads up. Next up, we want the changing text delivered by RSS, paragraph by paragraph! Oh well, I suppose I should be happy for small blessings. :-) . . . [more]

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Multilingual Legal Glossary

Vancouver Community College’s Certificate Program in Court Interpreting has come up with a searchable online multilingual glossary of some 7000 terms in the areas of “criminal law, court-related terms [and] street language heard in court for drugs and arms.” The terms are available in English, Chinese, Farsi, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese. The project was funded by the Law Foundation of British Columbia and the Notary Foundation.

This glossary is no mean feat, given the need for accuracy and the challenging fact that five of the languages use non-Roman scripts.

[The list] was created by a certified terminologist and a

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Asian Legal Information Institute

I’m a big fan of Worldlii and the “Declaration on Free Access to Law” . So, here in BC where Asia is a more important trade partner than Europe, I was pleased to see the launch of Asianlii on December 6th. I was particularly gratified to see that India was included.

Here is the excerpt from the website about Asianlii:

Free access & non-profit
The Asian Legal Information Institute (AsianLII – is a non-profit and free access website for legal information from all 27 countries and territories in Asia located from Japan in the east to Pakistan in the

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Happy Birthday to the Statute of Westminster

This morning’s Globe reminds us of a significant anniversary, that of the 75th Anniversary of theStatute of Westminster

By some unseemly joke of constitutional myopia, the Justice Canada website suggests that the Statute has been repealed:

Notice to the reader: This document is no longer in effect. It remains on the site for reference purposesIf one checks the Canada Act, 1982 it states: In so far as they apply to Canada, (a) section 4 is repealed; and (b) subsection 7(1) is repealed. .

Which is hilarious, since it is the third most important statute in terms of defining Canada’s . . . [more]

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Lessig’s Code 2.0 Published Today

When Larry Lessig’s book Code 1.0 was published back in 1999 it was an eye-opener. I still think of it as a wonderful tool to stimulate alternative thinking – certainly, I think the fact that it was read by policy-makers prevented knee-jerk regulation as a response to innovation. I recommended it to my daughter to get her thinking about privacy and regulation for a Dalhousie course, and she declared herself entranced by Lessig’s brain and clarity.

Today, after a lengthy period of collaboration and gestation the new edition of the book is released, and it’s also downloadable under a . . . [more]

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More Developments From Austlii

Tomorrow’s Australian IT has an interesting column about where the LII is going.

AsianLII, the latest LII to be spun off lets you search national databases containing legislation, case-law, law reform reports and legal journals from 27 countries. The website gives unprecedented access to resources from the Philippines, Indonesia, Japan, Pakistan, Mongolia and East Timor through partner institutions.

While the linguistic challenge is a formidable one, the interface is in English only currently.

The Mowbray-Chung team is currently in Johannesburg to help transform the four-year-old South African LII into a regional site covering 16 English-speaking countries in southern and eastern . . . [more]

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Comment Spam… Again… Still

This last week our comment spam catcher, Akismet, nodded for a moment and a small horde of unsavoury material got in. As it happens, I was away the same week and unable to shovel it out, so those of you subscribing to the comments will have had to do a bit of tsk-ing and deleting. My apologies.

It is truly a never-ending struggle against the forces of sleaze and greed: Akismet has blocked something like 20,000 bits of spam since I installed it just over a month ago. But clearly that stalwart shield isn’t able to do the job alone, . . . [more]

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Law Firm Leadership Collections

Good afternoon all, I have a few ‘Friday’ questions on the subject of law firm leadership collections. Hopefully a few of you can contribute…

  1. Does your Library have a dedicated subject collection to support the cultivation of leadership skills?
  2. Do you brand this collection in a unique fashion? If so, how?
  3. Can you estimate the size of your collection? An area of growth? Are you constantly culling or it easily maintained?
  4. Outside the major legal vendors and consultants, are there low profile authors or niche publishers that you’d recommend?
  5. Do you know of a substantial pathfinder or annotated bibliography on
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Microsoft’s Answer to Google Book Search

Friday marks the scheduled release of a beta version of Live Search Books, which, like Google Book Search, will index and make searchable the full text of books in the public domain or subject to licensing deals.

“With this initial release we’ve focused on making the reading experience as natural as possible,” project director Cliff Guren blogged on the Microsoft website.

“The US beta launch of Live Search Books is a big step forward in advancing the way people discover information through the integration of content that has been off-limits to the traditional search experience, until now.”

What is . . . [more]

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