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Copyright, the Web and Access

Thanks to Larry Lessig for pointing out a great report from the Brennan Center on how web-based collaboration is being challenged by the misapplication of old print approaches to copyright. See Brennan Center on Fair Use.
As the Report’s Press Release states:

Misinterpretation of ‘Fair Use’ Stifles Free Expression
Artists, Writers and Bloggers Targeted for Using Copyrighted Material
New York, NY — Today, the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law released a new report, “Will Fair Use Survive?” which documents the increasing number of artists, writers, bloggers and others who are unjustly targeted for using copyrighted or

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Online Rights Canada

Online Rights Canada (ORC) is a grassroots organization that promotes the public’s interest in technology and information policy. We believe that Canadians should have a voice in copyright law, access to information, freedom from censorship, and other issues that we face in the digital world.
Online Rights Canada [Via beSpacific.]

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Because It’s Friday…

Because it’s Friday, I thought I’d pass on a nifty expression I found in today’s Globe and Mail business section. “Fat finger flub” means a mistake with a keyboard, and fits perfectly my style when I’m hurrying.

Also seems topical to those of us east of the banana belt, given how annoying it is to try to do things with gloves on. Now a “mitten mistake” would be something of a different order… . . . [more]

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Topic Mapping

For some time I have wanted to take concept or topic mapping, into the computing sphere of legal research. Topic or concept mapping essentially means mapping our ideas and knowledge in a visual format, a boon for the visual learners out there. The tool I have been looking at is Grokker. Utilizing the free preview of Grokker I have run a search that illustrates how it works.

If you select the chaoulli search that I have linked to below, you will be taken to the Grokker search page. Once you have followed the link, select: Zoomable Map on the left . . . [more]

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Canadian Industrial Designs Database

Heads up to Canadian IP Lawyers:

“Canadian industrial designs are now available on the web. The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) launched the Canadian Industrial Designs Database as a response for better online service and easier access to industrial designs. The new database includes over 10,000 designs registered since June 15, 2002 and is fully searchable by text, title, registration number, classification code, court order number, client reference number and registration date.” . . . [more]

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Government Gazettes Online

This from Kim Nayyer, National Research Lawyer at Miller Thomson LLP:

I didn’t see a reference to this CALL post on Slaw and I thought readers who don’t subscribe to CALL-L might be interested. It’s basically a catalogue of government gazettes for countries – the attempt was to include all countries with online gazettes (but likely federal only for each country, as is the case for Canada).

The site is at and it sounds like it was begun by some students as a project. The letter grouping links on the home page refer to country names.

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Simple Search

I thought I’d do a simple search for law AND Canada OR Canadian in Google and Yahoo (and Yahoo’s Mindset, set all the way to “research”) to see those sites that have been updated in the last 3 months. Some observations about the results:

  1. Google’s results were more interesting and fruitful than Yahoo’s, including those from Mindset. Now this might change from day to day, but it means for me at least that I’m not making a huge mistake in going with Google for the first round of internet searching.
  2. There’s not a whole lot out there about or of
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