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Open House at the Chronicle of Higher Education

If you don’t find enough to meander through here at SLAW, I highly recommend browsing through The Chronicle of Higher Education. I don’t know a lot about The Chronicle, but it covers broad and varied subject areas. You are bound to find something of interest. We receive their email service Daily Report and we find they dig up a lot of current, solid, pertinent information.

From May 1 to 8 they are having an “Open House to let you search for free. They are opening up a number of features as well, and to entice . . . [more]

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2007 Webby Awards: David Bowie and Pro Bono Law Site Among Winners

David Bowie, the eBay auction site and the inventors of YouTube will be honoured with Special Achievement Awards at the 11th Webby Awards, often described as the Internet Oscars, this June 5th in New York.

The Webby Awards are presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, “a 550-member body of leading Web experts, business figures, luminaries, visionaries and creative celebrities”.

Academy members include musicians Beck (and David Bowie), Internet inventor Vint Cerf, “The Simpsons” creator Matt Groening, Virgin Atlantic Chairman and Founder Richard Branson, and film impresario Harvey Weinstein.

There are awards in some 70 categories, . . . [more]

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Major Lords Decision Today

In a case that marks new firsts – such as an eight million pound legal bill – their Lordships today handed down an odd trilogy of cases concerning claims in tort for economic loss caused by intentional acts. The three cases involve five different alleged wrongs, raising possible causes of action for economic loss: inducing breach of contract (Mainstream), causing loss by unlawful means (Zeta-Jones) interference with contractual relations (OBG); breach of confidence (Zeta-Jones) and conversion (OBG). Lord Hoffmann’s speech is a tour de force – as one would expect.

For the media the central case is the last act . . . [more]

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May Day = Law Day

Forty four years ago, President Eisenhower decided to co-opt May Day, the traditional day to celebrate workers – and to honour the Rule of Law.

So was Law Day born.

Law Day in Canada was two weeks ago.

But the controversies over the administration’s policies have raised serious questions about how meaningful is the proclamation of Law Day. The Post and the New York Times both thunder over the issue.

The Times concludes:

The less committed a president is to the law, the more need there is for Law Day, which makes it a holiday whose time has come.

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Big Brother Google Knows Where You’ve Been

Footnote to an earlier posting. Here is a link to a blog posting over at PC World which may cause some of the keener users of Google to rethink how much it tracks our activity.

And by the way, litigators should remember to add this to the checklist demands for electronic discovery. The trackprints of where a user has been could be really valuable.

Of course if you think it’s cool to see everything you’ve done, there are tools for that too.

Here is Google’s own description:

With Web History, you’ll be able to:


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CanLII Search Bookmarklets Updated

When CanLII changed the way it offers you search choices, it also changed the messages your query sends to its search engine, with the result that it broke the CanLII search bookmarklets that I’d constructed some time ago. (Thanks to Alisa Posesorski, VP at Irwin Law, for bringing this to my attention.) Well, as someone famous once wrote in rather differenct circumstances,Too lovely to pass up the full quote, which is from Molière’s Médecin Malgré Lui, act ii. sc. vi. (1666.)

    Géronte. Il n’y a qu’ seule chose qui m’a choqué; c’est l’endroit du foie et du cœur.
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Ruth Bird’s Vision of Law Librarianship

Our Slaw colleague Ruth Bird has recently published a stimulating paper entitled A Moveable Feast – Law Librarianship in the Noughties as part of the Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 52/2006. Ruth’s deck from her moveable speech is also available.
Ruth’s introduction reads:

The purpose of this paper is to review where law librarianship finds itself six years into the new millennium, and what common challenges the profession faces in this new century.

Initially I would like to take a backward glance. When I was undertaking postgraduate studies in librarianship in 1978, lecturers Doug Down and Wes Young said

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Droit 2.0: Droit Et Web 2.0

Il m’est agréable de faire connaître au plus grand nombre qu’il y a 10 jours, j’ai eu le plaisir d’organiser une conférence sur certains aspects du «droit 2.0: droit et web 2.0». Une question fascinante s’il en est, qui personnellement me fait penser à certains débats, quasi-virginaux, dont on évoquait au début d’Internet, dans les années 90. Un autre siècle. Millénaire même.

- le droit d’Internet est-il différent?

- le droit d’auteur existe-t-il?

- est-il possible d’appliquer le droit «dur» dans un environnement «mou»?

- Internet est-il plus ou moins sûr que le monde réel?

- et d’autres . . . [more]

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The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has approved the .asia top-level domain. (CNET’s has the story.) It will be managed by DotAsia Organization, located in Hong Kong.

Last month the Board of ICANN voted to reject the .xxx domain application. A transcript of that meeting is available. It actually makes interesting reading.

On a different note, when researching this I wound up on the ICANN site at the page you see in thumbnail to your left. (Click on it to see it full size.) What’s notable is that there was no way . . . [more]

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A Legal Research Pioneer Dies

Sad news from the SCC today:the death of the Honourable Bertha Wilson, the first woman justice of Canada’s highest court. For legal researchers, she will always be remembered as the founder of the specialty of legal resaerch within major law firms, when she founded Oslers’ research department in the Sixties.

Pioneering lawyer, jurist, gardener – with a wry sense of humour. A great loss.

Sent: Mon 4/30/2007 2:50 PM
Subject: Supreme Court of Canada – News Release / Cour suprême du Canada – Communiqué de presse

OTTAWA, April 30, 2007 – The Supreme Court of Canada issued the following . . . [more]

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