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Copyright Case Being Re-Heard

The Robertson v. Thomson case, heard December 6, 2005, has been ordered for a re-hearing. See the Order from the Supreme Court of Canada (April 7, 2006).

This well-known copyright case regards a freelance writer whose articles were published in the newspaper and then subsequently reproduced in three electronic formats (online, CD-ROM, and electronic index), which she said were not covered by her copyright agreement. When this case first came out in the Ontario courts, I believe news publishers pulled articles by freelance writers from their online services until such time as an updated copyright agreement could be put . . . [more]

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Summary of Da Vinci Code Reasons for Judgment

The entire judgment is available but most will be happy with Baigent and Leigh v Random House: summary of judgment

Neutral Citation Number: [2006] EWHC 719 (Ch)

Case No: HC04C03092


Royal Courts of Justice
Strand, London, WC2A 2LL

Date: 07/04/2006

Before :


Between :

1. Michael Baigent
2. Richard Leigh


The Random House Group Limited

Mr Jonathan Rayner James QC and Mr Andrew Norris (instructed by Orchard Brayton Graham LLP) for the Claimants

Mr John Baldwin QC and Mr James Abrahams (instructed by Arnold . . . [more]

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Quick News Hits

Quick News on the last day of classes here at Dal….

Students Draft Ontario Legislation. (Toronto Star)
Is this the beginning of a trend? Think of the possibilities. Kurtz had something to say about that didn’t he?

Speaking of students. (Jurist) If you are going be age-ist, go all the way.

Harper willing to re-open Constitutional debate. (CBC) Whoo-hoo, life has been far too boring lately! You see the burning technological issue in my mind is that it remains very difficult to convey sarcasm via the web.

Da Vinci (Canoe) Does anyone else find the timing of all this rather . . . [more]

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Open Source Software for E-Journals

The recent post in DigitalKoans features three open source, low-cost systems for publishing e-journals: Hyperjournal, Simon Fraser’s Open Journal System, and DPubS, soon to be released by Cornell. With a system such as these you can receive, review, edit and publish submissions in a format that is professionally respectable with little knowledge of IT.

It’s unlikely — though not impossible — that law firms would wish to publish journals (it may be a better format for some writings that firms put out than blogs or ordinary websites, however); but such a system might prove useful if bent . . . [more]

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Research Program on Digital Evidence

The British Institute of International and Comparative Law fosters a number of research initiative, of which the Digital Evidence Research Programme is one, with the broad aim of researching:

the practical and legal issues that accompany the inclusion of digital evidence into judicial proceedings. The IT industry provides products on a global scale, and IT has now become ubiquitous. Information technology affects us all, even though we may not appreciate how it affects our daily lives. It also affects human relationships, and in turn, documents created by IT systems are the subject of evidence in legal proceedings.

The IT industry

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University of Minnesota Human Rights Library

Under the aegis of the University of Minnesota Human Rights Center, the University of Minnesota Human Rights Library:

houses…more than twenty-three thousand core human rights documents, including several hundred human rights treaties and other primary international human rights instruments. The site also provides access to more than four thousands links and a unique search device for multiple human rights sites. This comprehensive research tool is accessed by more than a 175,000 students, scholars, educators, and human rights advocates monthly from over 135 countries around the world. Documents are available in six languages – Arabic, English, French, Japanese, Russian,

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BlawgWorld 2006

BlawgWorld 2006 is a 112 page PDF report now available without registering for Technolawyer. This report profiling 52 law blogs came out in November 2005, and our own Steve Matthews’ blog Vancouver Law Librarian Blog is included. This report is a snapshot of some “best of” blog posts.

Thanks to a recent post from Jim Calloway’s Law Practice Tips Blog for pointing this out. . . . [more]

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Grazr is a product/service that lets you make an OPML file operational — which may not tell you very much. OPML stands for outline processor markup language, and it’s essentially a dialect of XML that, when opened in a sympathetic outliner program, displays your outline with collapse and expand functionality.

One of the main things it’s used for currently is the export and exchange of your RSS subscriptions. Feed readers “eat” (or should) OPML files, so I could bundle up all of my feed subscriptions and ship them to Steve or Connie or you, and you could plug them into . . . [more]

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Check Up From the Neck Up

Our mental health is something we often neglect or try to ignore, despite increasing risks in our stressful modern lives. A pilot project spearheaded by the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario and a number of other health organizations is looking to increase awareness about our mental health with their website Check Up from the Neck Up, launched today.

The website features a diagnostic questionnaire which “funnels” the participant into additional questions to investigate possible areas of concern. The questionnaire was developed by the Department of Psychiatry at Sunnybrook and Women’s Health Sciences Centre which, incidentally, have divided as of . . . [more]

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