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Michel-Adrien Sheppard

I’m pleased to announce that Michel-Adrien Sheppard has joined Slaw as a core contributor. As Slawyers will doubtless know, Michel-Adrien is the Reference Librarian at the Supreme Court of Canada, and, perhaps even more important, Library Boy the blogger, at

Welcome, Michel-Adrien, to Slaw, made even more significant by your participation. . . . [more]

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Canadian Library Association – Copyright Update

I was trolling the Canadian Library Association/association canadienne des bibliothèques website to see what is new (note their new bilingual name!). I found a couple of interesting items on copyright: a letter to the Ministers about Copyright Legislation, and a Resolution by the Association regarding an Access Copyright iniative, “Captain Copyright“. . . . [more]

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What Is Drupal?

In a recent Slaw comment, Connie asked if someone would write something about Drupal. Subsequent comments from Patrick and Simon gave brief summaries, but I thought I’d go a bit further, and try to relay some of the basics surrounding this type of web software.

Briefly, Drupal is an open source CMS, written for the LAMP stack, which is modular in design. What does this mean? Well, let’s start with a couple definitions.

  • Open Source (OS) – open source software (generally) lets you download the software for free, view the source code, alter and re-distribute. Each OS product typically
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Archival Research

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.–A 1995 e-mail extracted from the hard drive of a recently unearthed Compaq desktop PC offers a tantalizing glimpse into the day-to-day life of a primitive Internet society, said the archaeologists responsible for its discovery.

“We’re very excited by this find, because only by understanding our e-mail past can we hope to understand our e-mail present and future,” said Northwestern University archaeology professor Lane Caspari, who has been leading the dig through the equipment storage area of a Knoxville-area credit union since late April, on Tuesday. “The discovery also sheds new light on the 1990s–an era we know very . . . [more]

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Changes to the Ontario Rules of Civil Procedure Forms

The following is copied from an Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General, Court Services Division Directive and may be of interest.

An amendment to Rule 1.06 of the Rules of Civil Procedure, which removes RCP forms from the Rules and incorporates them by reference to a website, comes into effect on July 1, 2006. This change, made by O. Reg.77/06, moves the forms from the body of the Rules to the following public website: The forms will no longer be published on the “e-laws” website. The regulation also includes a new Table of Forms that gives the Form

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Social Bookmarking Behind the Firewall

A research team at IBM is working on an application called Dogear that brings social bookmarking to large enterprises. Just as with (I never know where to put the first period), the idea is to let others benefit from pages you find interesting and that you tag this way and that; only here the others are folks in your firm. IBM’s software is typically sophisticated, and Dogear won’t be an exception, it seems: the front end lets you search by tag (natch), lets you see a list of those who’ve bookmarked a particular page, and gives you a list . . . [more]

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Law Commission Study on Extraterritoriality

John Gregory’s list-serv this morning brought to our attention a new study by Dalhousie profs, Steve Coughlan, Robert J. Currie, Hugh M. Kindred and Teresa Scassa entitled Global Reach, Local Grasp: Constructing Extraterritorial Jurisdiction in the Age of Globalization. This is part of the Commission’s Global Governance project that we’ve discussed before.

Teresa summarizes her team’s work:

The study explores the concept of extraterritorial action and develops a nuanced view of extraterritoriality. It considers the various means by which extraterritorial action may be taken, and examines the policy justifications that have primarily motivated Canada to act

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Survey of the State of Outsourcing of Legal Services

Months back we referred Slaw readers to the excellent inventory of firms involved in the outsourcing of legal services, prepared by Joy London and Ron Friedmann. It’s recently been updated and could be a helpful guide to tone down some of the more extreme statements that are being made on the topic.

Speaking of outsourcing the Canwest news story that occasioned so much comment on the CALL-List-Serv has now been reprinted by the Times of India and by the Hindu (in Chennai). It’s a story indeed that Slaw originated for the Canadian market. . . . [more]

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I Agree and Understand

Every so often I find I’ve stepped back a couple of paces from my daily work and from that unfamiliar remove catch sight of law in all its lunacy. On this occasion I purchased a .ca domain and, so, was required to complete the registration process stipulated by CIRA, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority. The heart of this process is an “agreement” that the registrant must accept in order to obtain the right to a .ca domain and at the bottom of which is the standard box to tick to indicate acceptance — and understanding! — of this “click-wrap . . . [more]

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