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Archive for May, 2008

Medieval Law

Those of you who have cases that seem to have dragged on forever may find the Internet Medieval Source Book‘s pages on medieval law useful and interesting. A project of Fordham University, the main medieval law links page will give you a tour d’horizon of Roman, Canon, Germanic, English, Jewish, Islamic law texts. This is a fairly comprehensive collection of resources. . . . [more]

Posted in: Substantive Law

Singapore Firm Claims Link Patent

Just when you thought that the whole craziness of IP couldn’t get any more strange… along comes VueStar Technologies, a Singaporean company that claims a patent on using images to link to a webpage. It seems the company does have Singapore Patent No. 95940 and on that basis is sending bills to firms in Singapore for an annual license of their patent. According to the story in ZDNet Asia, the VueStar has also received a patent in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand. A very quick search for VueStar in the Canadian patent database didn’t get a hit. . . . [more]

Posted in: Substantive Law

Leaked ACTA Document

A 2007 discussion paper mooting a proposed “plurilateral” Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, to bind Canada, the U.S., Japan, and European nations among others, has been making the rounds of various websites lately. Leaked last week by the interesting WikiLeaks, you can read the document here [PDF].

Quite apart from anything else, the role proposed to be given to border guards seems problematic.

[And while I’m here, why “plurilateral,” a word that hasn’t yet made it to the online OED? What was wrong with “multilateral”?] . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information, Substantive Law

Modernizing the Top Court

Any of our readers who are not also regular readers of, Osgoode Hall Law School’s blog about the Supreme Court of Canada, should take a moment to visit this morning.

The editors of The Court have posted an interview with Louise Meagher, the Supreme Court’s Deputy Registrar, on the Courtroom Modernization Program at the SCC. . . . [more]

Posted in: Substantive Law

Net Neutrality Rally

The contest over net neutrality in Canada is heating up. A new website,, has been launched by a coalition of individuals and groups, to publicize the issue and to solicit support for neutrality. Tomorrow, Tuesday, there’s to be a rally across the noon hour on Parliament Hill, and the organizers are even offering to transport people to Ottawa from Montreal, Toronto and Chatham. If you’re interested you’ll find details at . . . [more]

Posted in: Uncategorized

2008 Canadian Association of Law Libraries Conference – Some Trends

A few Slawyers are currently in Saskatoon at the annual conference of CALL/ACBD. On Sunday we held business meetings of the various committees and special interest groups, as well as held a Vendor Liaison Committee Open Forum to discuss publisher/vendor issues, followed by demonstrations by a number of the vendors.

A few trends to report back:

  • During the Vendor Liaison Committee Open Forum the publishers asked about reducing the number of paper catalogues they produce both to be more environmentally friendly and no doubt to also reduce costs as catalogues are expensive to produce and print. One suggestion was
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Posted in: Education & Training: CLE/PD, Legal Information, Legal Information: Libraries & Research, Legal Information: Publishing

HeinOnline Searchable PDFs

HeinOnline has recently added a layer of text behind the image PDFs in the English Reports library, which means that subscribers can now search through downloaded documents in their PDF readers. Hein aims to make all its PDFs searchable by the end of the year. The next libraries that will be released in searchable form are: European Center for Minority Issues, Foreign & International Law Resources Database, Philip C. Jessup Library, Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP), and the U.S. Attorney General Opinions Library.

There’s a video demonstrating the use of this new facility. . . . [more]

Posted in: Uncategorized

The Friday Fillip

I’ve got the brain on, well, the brain today. It’s partly, I suppose, because of the news of Senator Kennedy’s illness. Partly, too, because of a set of book reviews I’m reading in Harper’s, “A Mind of Its Own, Resisting the tyranny of the brain” by Gary Greenberg. And of course I, like you, spend a good deal of time each day with my electronic brain, a.k.a. my computer. So the brain it is, today.

First, wonder. We hear all too often how AI is going to duplicate our thinking abilities, how as the internet grows ever larger . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous


Today is Convocation here at Dalhousie Law so I first want to use this platform to congratulate all of the Dal Law graduates on a job well done, and wish them the best as they embark on their legal careers; and come to think of it, meet a lot of you who read this blog, so be nice!

Also, as has been mentioned previously, here at Slaw, today is the eve of the 2008 CALL/ACBD conference in Saskatoon. In addition to the Programhave a glimpse at the Committee and Special Interest Group pages in order to see some . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Making Our Words Count: Canadian Authors in the Electronic Era

Yesterday, I attended a really stimulating discussion at the Writers’ Union Annual Meeting involving Jill Tonus of Bereskin & Parr and the Director of the Scream Literary Festival and York University’s experimental new media lab, Bill Kennedy. The session was moderated by Derek Weiler, the Editor of Quill & Quire.

The issue that Canadian authors confront is how to adapt their work and their expectations to shifting business models for Canadian book and periodical publishing which are continually under threat by shifting market forces, and the new technologies. . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information: Publishing, Miscellaneous, Substantive Law