It feels like I have been following the development of the Anne of Green Gables brand my whole life. The librarian in me can’t believe I didn’t take to reading until my grade 5 teacher introduced me to Anne Shirley and her cohorts Diana Barry and Gilbert Blythe. I read every book in L.M. Montgomery’s series, and then continued on with her other fiction series. I fondly recall a family trip to PEI to visit L.M. Montgomery’s childhood home. Later in life I discovered her adult writings and, as a student of English literature at the University of Guelph, . . . [more]
intellectual property or international business, trade, and competition- regulation lawyers.
The European Commission opened a new antitrust probe against Microsoft on Monday into whether it unfairly tied its Web browser to the Windows operating system and made it harder for rival software to work with Windows.
“This initiation of proceedings does not imply that the Commission has proof of an infringement. It only signifies that the Commission will further investigate the case as a matter of priority,” the Commission said.
And provide more billable work of for its lawyers and billable hours or work for Gates’.
I must say that . . . [more]
These are excerpts from what appears to have been a New York Times column which you can now find at http://www.lexisone.com/balancing/articles/n010008e.html – Why Nobody Likes A Smart Machine – on human-machine interaction.
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Dr. Norman, a cognitive scientist who is a professor at Northwestern, has been the maestro of gizmos since publishing ”The Design of Everyday Things,” his 1988 critique of VCRs no one could program, doors that couldn’t be opened without instructions and other technologies that seemed designed to drive humans crazy.
And the worse news is that the gadgets of Christmas future will be even harder to command, because
Okay Mac fanboys and -girls — and you wannabes (you three others can go back to work): the broadcast of Steve Job’s Macworld 2008 Keynote starts today at 9 AM PST (12PM EST). Nothing spectacular this year, so the betting goes. But we’re looking for a sub-notebook, which should raise some interest out there in the world of laptop schleppers like us. There’ll likely be an announcement about renting movies via iTunes, but that won’t be of interest because we won’t be able to get on board here in Canada. (No Netflix, no Amazon movie rental, no Google Grand Central . . . [more]
Although many online repositories of books have been mentioned here, one that has not is the Universial Digital Library. This collection, created by a group including Carnegie Mellon university, the Library of Alexandria, and a number of universities from China and India, already has over a million titles (of which 360,000 are in English), and claims it will grow to 10 million within 10 years.
You can browse the collection by title, author, year, language, or subject. Browsing the “Law” collection yields 24,772 titles. An advanced search function is also available.
Now if only someone would invent the perfect . . . [more]
If you are “old school” like me, you may still enjoy picking up an old fashioned book from time to time, instead of staring at your computer screen. A non-legal BLOG that I follow reminded me of the self-publishing options that are available and singled out lulu.com
I did some quick cost calculations on various book formats – the prices seem very reasonable. . . . [more]
Die Zeit, one of Germany’s premier newspapers, has made its archives free online, going back to 1946. This is a valuable trove of European and world reportage — provided, of course, one has German. You can browse by year, by author (each with a unique RSS feed — though I suspect the traffic from 1953 would be minimal), and by theme via a nifty little Flash dashboard item. And, of course, you can do a simple full-text search or a search constrained by various facets.
Clearly a lot of thought has been put into this. Now if only . . . [more]
I’m proud to announce that John Willinsky has joined Slaw as a columnist. And if you look to your right, you’ll see his first column on mandating free access to research. John is currently a professor at Stanford University’s School of Education, coming to them from the University of British Columbia, where he founded the Public Knowledge Project in 1998. Professor Willinksky has written extensively on open access to scholarly research, which topic will form the basis for his columns.
My hope for 2008 is that Stevan Harnad will prove prophetic once again, this time by declaring this the year of the mandate, or as he puts it with his notable precision, “the year of institutional Green OA self-archiving mandates.” For those colorblind to Harnadian distinctions, the mandates in question have been enacted by research funding agencies (21 to date) and a few institutions and require researchers receiving funding from those agencies (or working at those institutions) to deposit an electronic copy of their published work in an online archive so that it is freely available typically 12 months after . . . [more]
The National Post has an editorial today, Striking down the iPod tax. This post just adds the footnotes.
The January 10th decision was Apple Canada Inc. v. Canadian Private Copying Collective, 2008 FCA 9 (CanLII).
The 2004 decision of the Federal Court of Appeal was Canadian Private Copying Collective v. Canadian Storage Media Alliance, 2004 FCA 424 (CanLII),  2 F.C.R. 654, 247 D.L.R. (4th) 193, 329 . . . [more]
I don’t think Slaw has mentioned the International Judicial Monitor, an “international law resource for judiciaries, justice sector professionals, and the rule of law community around the world.” Published, or refreshed, every two months or so, this issue of the Monitor has a feature piece on the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, and notes on a dozen judicial developments in as many countries. There’s also a useful page of “international resources.”
Quoted from the press release:
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VANCOUVER, Jan. 11 /CNW/ – The Law Society is deeply saddened by the
passing of former Chief Justice Allan McEachern on January 10.
“Judges and lawyers will remember the clarity and precision of his judgments, his professional courtesy, his humility, his capacity for hard work and, above all, his sense of humour,” said John Hunter, QC, President of the Law Society.
“One of Mr. McEachern’s greatest achievement was to open up the courts not just to the people of BC, but to the entire world via the internet,” Mr. Hunter said. “In 1996, he