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ArtMob Exploring Intellectual Property in Canada

Last week I was invited, wearing my hat of law librarian, to participate in a round table discussion on art, the Internet and intellectual property with the group ArtMob. ArtMob is a group of artists, scholars and other stakeholders interested in the intersection between Canadian culture and copyright and intellectual property law, and how it comes into play with the Web. . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information, Legal Information: Information Management, Legal Information: Libraries & Research, Substantive Law, Technology

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre tracks companies around the globe whose practices infringe human rights. From the “About” page:

The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre has become the world’s leading independent resource on the subject. Our website is updated hourly with news and reports about companies’ human rights impacts worldwide – positive and negative.

We seek responses from companies to allegations of misconduct: thus ensuring that our coverage is balanced and encouraging companies to address concerns raised by civil society.

The website covers over 4000 companies, over 180 countries.

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Posted in: Substantive Law

Law School Looking South

For some time there’s been a movement at Osgoode Hall Law School to change the degree awarded graduates from the LL.B. to the J.D. Recently the President of the Alumni Association reported that of the 500 or so alumni who responded to a survey on the matter, “approximately 90%” were in favour of the change, and that a vote by the current students found 75% of them in favour. (Note: Osgoode creates 300 alumni each year.) The issue now goes to the law school’s academic policy committee for consideration.

<rant>For what it’s worth, I’m agin’ it. The University of Toronto . . . [more]

Posted in: Education & Training

Law School Looking West

The Faculty of Law at the University of British Columbia has concluded an agreement with their counterpart at the University of Hong Kong to offer a joint program that will give their graduates the opportunity to practice in both jurisdictions. From the press release:

The Faculties of Law at UBC and HKU will each accept up to five students per year, starting in 2009. All students enrolled in the program will be able to earn the law degrees required — subject to admission and completion of the professional course requirements — for law practice in an additional jurisdiction, that

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Posted in: Education & Training

The Friday Fillip

And and and and… and. One thing after another, joined with everyone’s favourite conjunction, the subject of today’s fillip. But because it’s Friday and we’re in a hurry to get to the weekend, we’ll shorten it for you: AND, therefore, becomes

    Corruption of ‘and per se–and’, the old way of spelling and naming the character &; i.e. ‘& by itself = and;’ found in various forms in almost all the dialect Glossaries. (Earliest quoted use in the OED is 1837.)

Which is all well and good but what about & itself? As you may know, it’s . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Odds and Ends

A couple of unrelated things in this post. Firstly, this link to a NY Times article about an author who utilizes a computer to actually compose his books; explains a lot of material out there web or non-web.

I’m also trying to get something straight. It seems that a number of graduates who are preparing for licensing examination are getting a raw deal from the L.S.U.C. Somebody please help if I don’t have a proper handle on this. But it seems that to obtain the materials to prepare for the exam, a student can either pick them up in person . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Ontario Librarians Go Online

askON ( is an online chat service available presumably to anyone with an internet connection and a question for a librarian. There are ten public libraries in Ontario involved, as well as those of three universities (Lakehead, Ryerson, York) and four colleges. I’ve checked and the York Law Library at Osgoode Hall Law School is not involved in the project.

When you’ve finished your online chat, a transcript can be sent to your email address. . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information

Law Library Phone-in Show Today: Ken Svengalis Guests

Today at 3 pm CST/4 pm EST there is a trial run of a new law library phone-in show hosted by Brian Striman and Richard Leiter. Guest will be legal publishing industry expert Ken Svengalis. Call in or chat–details below from one of the AALL email lists. It’s a hot topic so I expect it to be a lively discussion! . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information, Legal Information: Publishing, Miscellaneous

Reader Questions

Herewith three questions from Slaw readers who, by the sound of things, aren’t lawyers or librarians. If anyone has an answer, he or she might submit it as a comment to this post.

  1. Michael: “I noticed from one of your earlier blogs that Ontario passed whistleblowing legislation in 2006, did this receive royal assent?”
  2. Mark: “I am a US citizen trying to understand the revision history of Canada’s Criminal Law, Part III (Firearms and other weapons), 89(1) and (2). ( It says it was revised 1985 C-46. I’m trying to learn the specific date in 1985 that revision took effect,
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From Berkman Centre to the Harvard Law Library

Occasionally a single appointment can signal everything. Today, Harvard Law School Dean Elena Kagan announced the long-awaited replacement for Harry S. Martin, who has been director of the Harvard law Library ((Which is the most extraordinary law library I’ve ever used, with due apologies to Ruth at the Bodleian and David at the Great Library)) for 27 years. Martin’s contribution deserves a post in its own right for his service as Henry N. Ess III Librarian and Professor of Law at the Law School and his seminars on Art and the Law.

But let’s focus on the new . . . [more]

Posted in: Education & Training: Law Schools, Legal Information

Google Date-Limited Search

You’ll have noticed that on the revamped Google Advanced Search page there’s a link that will expand into a drop-down menu, letting you select whether you want results from pages that have been indexed for the first time — i.e. pages newly discovered by Google, which will likely be brand new pages but needn’t be, of course — in the last day, week, month etc. (See the Research Buzz post from a year ago for more on what the dating means.)

You can customize your searches by altering the date range component at the end of the search string. The . . . [more]

Posted in: Technology

Avatars of the World, Unite!

I wrote a few months ago about labour unions gathering in Second Life for a virtual protest against IBM. Well, the the trend is continuing, this time in a more celebratory fashion.

The Trade Union Congress in London has been organizing virtual May Day celebrations in Second Life. Participants can learn about the campaign for a minimum wage in Germany, get training on using Second Life for online organization, or – and this just seems a little bizarre to me – chat with other virtual activists in a virtual bar over a pint of virtual beer.

You can check . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous