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A World Without Copyright Law?

A colleague on a private email discussion group I am involved with made reference to an interesting article in the International Herald Tribune from October 8, 2005, by Joost Smiers and Marieke van Schijndel called “Imagine a World Without Copyright” which posits, in part, that a world without copyright law would free up the public domain and prevent cultural monopolies. . . . [more]

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Palm and RIM Working Together

Palm, Inc. and Research in Motion, Inc (RIM) announced today they will be working together to bring Blackberry technology to Palm Treo smartphones. As the software applications gradually converge, the companies will therefore be competing primarily on hardware.

See the press release “Palm and Research In Motion Bring BlackBerry Connect to the Treo 650 Smartphone”:

Through RIM’s BlackBerry Connect licensing program, Palm will enable its Treo 650 and future Palm OS® based Treo smartphones with secure, push-based wireless email via BlackBerry Enterprise Server™. The solution will enable the following:

  • push-based email using BlackBerry Connect with Palm’s VersaMail® email client;
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Is the Textbook Dead?

In a comment to a posting over at Out of the Jungle, I made this bold assertion about Canadian legal textbooks:

I fear the textbook’s life in Canada may be coming to its end. The publishers, notably West’s sister company Thomson Carswell, have now started publishing new editions of our prime authority texts in loose leaf format. My feeling is this dilutes the authority of the publication since we can no longer fix in place a specific text; it is difficult to quote to something if it is in constant flux. As well, fewer and fewer new key texts

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How Do You Keep Up?

Today I participated in TALL‘s annual visit to the Faculty of Information Studies at the University of Toronto to talk with students about membership in the Association (and in CALL while we were at it), a potential career in law librarianship, and how to get their foot in the door for first jobs.

After the session, one of the students asked a couple of us how we keep up to date with legal research; what tools we use for current awareness. I had to laugh, since this has changed dramatically for me. I used to read every advertisement and . . . [more]

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They’re Sitting. No, They Aren’t. Yes, They Are.

I’m having a difficult time keeping up with the House of Commons and the Senate. Are they sitting or not? Last I heard, the House of Commons is again sitting, but the Senate isn’t because there are no Bills for them to deal with just yet from the House.

In my quest to determine the state of things, I had a look at the updated Parliamentary webpages. If you haven’t seen them since the Spring, I encourage you to have a look. A lot is going on there, and I like what I see:

  • They have pulled some of
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Knowledge Management Economics & Realization Rates

I’ve been having some fun recently over at the VLLB.

Last Monday I posted ‘Legal KM Economics & Realization Rates (Some Questions…)‘. Joy London of Excited Utterances was nice enough to pick it up and re-publish my post. Then the responses started coming in, and boy did they come in!

First up, David Maister was kind enough to send me a nice written response, which you can read here. For those not familiar with David, he’s one of the most respected professional service consultants around. If it had stopped there, I would have been pretty happy. . . . [more]

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Twenty-First Century Encyclopedias

Word comes that the advertisements that we’ve been seeing in the law reports for the various national incarnations of Halsbury’s Laws (Australia, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, New Zealand) presage an announcement of Halsbury’s Laws of Canada.

Halsbury’s has always had an odd relationship to Canada. Students find it extraordinary that the Canadian Converter volumes track back to the third edition (the green one) which is now between forty and fifty years old.

Halsbury’s has said before that it wanted to improve this situation.

Those of us who have been doing this for a while recall that Bud . . . [more]

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