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Why Is Twitter Exploding?

Yesterday was a big day in blog postings about Twitter! A full explanation later when I have more time, but in the meantime here is a note about one of my favourite posts from yesterday–

The Logic + Emotion blog gives a visual explanation of why Twitter is becoming increasingly popular in December 11th’s post “Why is Twitter Exploding? Because it’s a Conversation Ecosystem.”

My favourite part of the explanation? The “gratuitous analogy” calling Twitter “the Crocs of the web”. A visual:

You will have to head over to the original post to see the comparison. . . . [more]

Posted in: Technology

Contract Drafting – the Million Dollar Comma Case and Kenneth Adams

Further to Simon Fodden’s post below on plain language drafting, Michael Rappaport has a nice article here in the current The Lawyer’s Weekly (Canada) interviewing Kenneth Adams, the author of a Manual of Style for Contract Drafting (2004) and other material on legal drafting.

The article discusses, among other things, the so-called “million dollar comma case” discussed previously on SLAW (here).

In fact, the article led me to check that Adams has his own (consulting) website on legal drafting at and his own blog here.

All good stuff, particularly the point made by Adams in the . . . [more]

Posted in: Uncategorized

Sun Microsystems and Plain Drafting

Sun Microsystems, like other corporations that are involved in the development and use of open source software, requires those who contribute to their efforts to sign contribution agreements that set out the terms of their relationship. Sun’s general counsel, Mike Dillon, has a great piece on his blog, The Legal Thing, about these contribution agreements and how they ought to be “a model of simplicity and clarity.”

A man of his word, Dillon put a team onto the redrafting of Sun’s contribution agreement, with the result that most anyone who is literate can now understand it. Take a . . . [more]

Posted in: Substantive Law

The First Humanities Nobel for a Legal Scholar

Though not as world-famous as the Nobel Prizes, the Ludvig Holberg Prize is now in its fourth year. ((The Ludvig Holberg Memorial fund was established in 2003 by the Norwegian Parliament. The Board of the Fund annually awards the Holberg International Memorial Prize for outstanding scholarly work in the fields of the arts and humanitites, social sciences, law and theology. The prize for 2007 is NOK 4.5 million (approx. € 555,000/$750,000).)) The earliest prizes went to 2004: Julia Kristeva 2005: Jürgen Habermas and 2006: Shmuel Eisenstadt.

This year’s winner is the first legal scholar to be so honoured. No surprise . . . [more]

Posted in: Education & Training: Law Schools, Practice of Law

David Whelan Podcast on RSS

Amlaw Media announced today, that Toronto’s own Great Librarian David Whelan will inaugurate a Podcast on Legal Information and Technology.

In an interview with the inimitable Monica Bay, David will talk about”RSS: Simply Powerful.” The interview covers how “really simple syndication” tools can help legal professionals easily track information they need to practice law effectively, by using RSS to monitor favorite news sources, blogs, and Web sites.

Give it a listen here . . . [more]

Posted in: Education & Training: CLE/PD, Legal Information: Libraries & Research

Canadian Digital Millenium Copyright Act

Many of our readers will also follow Michael Geist’s blog. For those of you who don’t, I’d like to direct it to your attention, as over the past week he’s been dealing with a particularly important issue.

The Conservative government was to have introduced new copyright legislation in Parliament this week. Their plans have now been delayed. Professor Geist has been very busy lately educating his readers about the proposed law and its potential effects. If you are interested in these issues and concerned about the direction the government has taken, take a few minutes to read through his . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Taser and XREP

Everyone’s going wireless — and that now included Taser, the company that makes the stun gun that’s been in the news so sadly of late. We don’t usually blog about technology here if it’s used to convey something other than information, and legal information at that. But I thought that those of us in the world of law should have a certain degree of familiarity with the tools that are used by (the other?) forces of social control. So here’s a quick note about Taser’s newest product, XREP, or eXtended Range Electronic Projectile. This small projectile is fired from a . . . [more]

Posted in: Technology

The Twitter Explosion and Social Blogging Tools

Those of you who are interested in the whole phenomenon of social networks and blogging generally — if only because innovations will come to law sooner or later — might take a look at a piece by Alex Iskold on Read/WriteWeb, “The Evolution of Personal Publishing.” His opening diagram gives you a sense of what he’s thinking. Note that blogging (which is us, and which is finally after some years catching on with lawyers) is firmly lodged in the “heavy” and “corporate” end of things — appropriately, I suppose.

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Posted in: Technology, Technology: Internet

Court Summons Hindu Gods

Hindu gods get court summons – Telegraph: “An Indian judge has summoned two Hindu gods to help resolve a 20-year-old property dispute.

Sunil Kumar Singh has placed notices in newspapers in the coal mining town of Dhanbad, in the eastern state of Jharkhand, asking gods Ram and Hanuman to appear in his court next week to present their arguments.

“You failed to appear in court despite notices sent by a messenger and later through registered post. You are hereby directed to appear before the court personally,” Judge Singh’s notice stated.”

Evidently it’s not uncommon for Hindu gods to be . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Montréal Exchange and Toronto Stock Exchange Joining to Create TMX

Montréal Exchange Inc. (MX) and TSX Group Inc. (TSX Group) today announced they have agreed to combine their organizations to create TMX Group Inc. (TMX Group).

Details are in the CNW press release from this morning. Advantages of the change:

The combination of TSX Group and MX will create a leading exchange group encompassing multiple asset classes and comprising a broad range of cash and derivatives operations. By bringing together their respective knowledgeable and experienced teams, TMX Group will have the resources and scale to develop and successfully market new capital markets products, high value data services and to

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Posted in: Uncategorized

CanLII Now Offering Sorting by Number of Cites

On Friday CanLII announced a new search results sorting option:

December 7, 2007
News Release No 2007-06Dear users,

I am happy to announce a set of new features that CanLII is now offering to you in order to help you deal even more efficiently with search results.

In your search results, you are now able to sort cases based on the number of times a case has been cited. You can do so by clicking on the “The most cited” link in the “Sort” menu of your search results page. By choosing “Sort by The most cited” the search

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Posted in: Legal Information: Publishing