Canada’s online legal magazine.

CanLII’s Favicon

For what it’s worth — and it can’t be very much at 16 pixels square — CanLII, the Canadian Legal Information Institute, has a favicon. It may have been up there for months and I’ve only now noticed it, of course. But if so, you may not have noticed it either, so I thought I’d show it to you — at twice the size you’d actually see it at: — rather than that used by the other legal information institutes, AustLII, WorldLII, and BaiLII respectively:

We’ve posted about these inconsequential artworks before on Slaw: Law Firm Favicons, Google’s . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Sample of New Media Coverage of U.S. Health Reform Bill

In catching up on the news about the progress of the US health care bill, I was interested in the mix of media that provided the news. Notably, the Google News page on US House passes healthcare reform shows an interesting mix of media (click on image for a larger view):

In addition to news stories from a range of sources, I note the Barack Obama quote pulled out (was this automatically generated after being repeated by numerous sources?), and the time line with list of stories on the right. Scrolling further down on the page reveals additional related photos . . . [more]

Posted in: Substantive Law: Legislation

Social Media on Drugs

Pharmaceutical companies are heavily regulated in the manner in which they can advertise to consumers. And for good reason – drugs are highly effective in addressing medical conditions, but also potentially dangerous when used improperly or interacting with other medications.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently reviewing submissions from the pharmaceutical industry about the use of social media, and is expected to release new rules by the end of the year.

The role of social media in educating the public is something that should not be underestimated. Eric Ruth of the Delaware Online said,

On both sides,

. . . [more]
Posted in: Substantive Law: Foreign Law, Technology: Internet

UVic Law Student Technology Survey

Hot off the presses from Rich McCue, sysadmin at UVic Law: UVic Law Student Technology Survey 2010. There were new questions on this year’s survey concerning the mobile technology that UVic students arrive at law school with. Here’s the executive summary:

  • 30% of students own “Smart Phones” that can browse the internet.
  • 97% of students own laptops, and over 60% own both a laptop and a desktop computer.
  • 39% of student laptops are Macs.
  • The average laptop price dropped to $1,200 from $1400 in 2007, and from $2,100 in 2004.
  • 82% of students bring their laptops to
. . . [more]
Posted in: Education & Training: Law Schools, Technology

A Canadian Scholarly Publishing Cooperative

When a legally facilitated monopoly over the distribution of a certain economic good is judged to be operating against the interests of one substantial segment of the party on whose behalf that monopoly is granted, what recourse is there? In the case of deferential Canada, that recourse would take the form of an imaginative, slightly unrealistic, proposal for a cooperative work-around. And in this particular case, it would work like this, at least on a back-of-the-envelope or blog scale.

The segment of the party on whose behalf this monopoly has been granted is the Canadian academic community, and the monopoly . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Publishing

The SCC on Searches of Personal Computers and Web Use

Some substantive law on issues involving criminal law and web access using the current means of access: a computer. 

R. v. Morelli, 2010 SCC 8

Fish J ( McLachlin C.J. and Binnie, Abella JJ concurring) 

[1] This case concerns the right of everyone in Canada, including the appellant, to be secure against unreasonable search and seizure. And it relates, more particularly, to the search and seizure of personal computers.

[2] It is difficult to imagine a search more intrusive, extensive, or invasive of one’s privacy than the search and seizure of a personal computer. 

[3] First, police officers enter

. . . [more]
Posted in: Substantive Law: Judicial Decisions, Technology: Internet

The Friday Fillip

The New York Times is the source of a great many wonderful things — as befits a newspaper that has been the doyenne of the American print press for generations. And, thankfully, not all of these wonderful things are serious or even news-related. As a signal example of this, I present Abstract City, a blog of illustrations by Christoph Niemann. Here, of course, words fail, but copyright reigns; in such a circumstance, perhaps, Wittgenstein would advise: “Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.” But what did he know?

Having already pointed you in the right direction, I . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

From the National Library of Medicine…

Unroll the scroll, as the NLM says:

It’s a novel twist on NLM’s popular online system, Turning The Pages, which allows you to turn the pages of a rare book on your computer screen. Now, users can journey back to pre-book times and “unroll the scroll” or, more specifically, the Edwin Smith Papyrus, the world’s oldest known surgical document. The new offering is at

Try it – it is very interesting, and make sure to read the translation and the comments. Also zoom in…

via Resource Shelf . . . [more]

Posted in: Technology


You may have noticed a story in your favoured news source back in February about the Canadian Competition Bureau filing a motion to take the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) to the Canadian Competition Tribunal. In short, the Competition Bureau has targeted CREA for the practice of not allowing prospective sellers to list their home on the MLS system unless the seller signs on for the full real estate agent service, including commission, which the Competition Bureau labels an “anti-competitive practice”. To which the CREA has responded.

If you have bought or sold a home in the . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Technology

WOW! Soon You Can Bank on It

This morning’s Globe and Mail contains a story about the application of the Toronto-Dominion Bank to obtain approval of the trademark WOW. Apparently, TD (having bought the New Jersey bank Commerce Bancorp) already has the trademark to WOW and WOW! in the United States.

A search of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office Trade-Mark database reveals that WOW, alone and in phrases, shows up in 180 applications, variously approved, expunged, abandoned etc. WOW, all by itself, has been approved as a trade-mark of, among others, Novartis AG veterinary preparations, Playtex in connection with “ladies’ underwear and foundation garments”, and for . . . [more]

Posted in: Substantive Law

Scan a 200 Page Book in 1 Minute!

This is very cool and very scary! A professor at the University of Tokyo, Masatoshi Ishikawa, is developing a rapid book scanner that will scan a 200 page book in about one minute.

Using a “Super Vision Chip” that will scan the flipping pages faster than the human eye can process, its camera operates at 500 frames per second. Check out the embedded video below:

While it’s unclear exactly how the technology will account for skipped pages, or if it would destroy archival quality materials, this is indeed the future of book digitization – and all the positives . . . [more]

Posted in: Technology

The 100 Largest Sites on the Internet – You Will Be Surprised!

The Infographic of the Day site has a fantastic item with some amazing graphics comparing the 100 Largest Sites on the Internet.

The BBC charted the top 100 sites by unique users in January 2010, encompassing the U.K., France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Brazil, U.S., and Australia. Oops – Canada didn’t make it, but suspect we are not that different.

If you think Google and social networking own the Internet – think again – and it isn’t shopping either. Yes these three types of sites are among the more widely visited – but all together they only account for . . . [more]

Posted in: Reading: Recommended, Technology: Internet