Open Access Law, or: Should Law Professors Write for Wikipedia?

The nascent open access movement in legal scholarship attracted a good deal of attention last fall, including from the three of us — Bill’s October roundup of recent law-blogger posts is still a good resource, and you can also find some pertinent stories through our open access and peer production tags. Legal scholars seem to […]

Information and Eugenics?

George Will writes about genetic testing in Newsweek – his concern is that the recommendation by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists that all pregnant women be tested for Down syndrome will lead women to abort babies with the syndrome. According to Will, “diagnosing Down syndrome can have only the purpose of enabling—and, in […]

Longhorn Lawsuit Exposes Disarray of Trademark Fair Use

As has been reported widely (such as this AP story), the University of Texas recently sued a small business that sells fan-wear to supporters of its football archrival Texas A&M. Some of the defendants’ products feature a parody of the Longhorns’ trademarked logo, involving those horns being sawed off. Defendants claim that variations of “Saw […]

Better Behavior by Computer Companies?

Under the gentle guidance of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, former home to all 3 of us at Info/Law, Microsoft, Google, Yahoo!, and Vodafone have agreed to work with NGOs to develop a code of conduct on human rights, including freedom of expression. This achievement comes after years of hard work by John […]

Yoo & Wu Debate Net Neutrality

There is a great paper just posted on SSRN (hat tip to Larry Solum, of course) that consists entirely of a bloggy debate between info/law profs Christopher Yoo and Tim Wu about network neutrality. A version of their exchange originally appeared last spring as part of the late, lamented Legal Affairs Debate Club (indeed, as […]

Courts, Injunctions, and WikiLeaks

As widely reported, Judge Jack Weinstein is holding a hearing tomorrow in his Brooklyn courtroom concerning Eli Lilly’s efforts to enjoin further distribution of internal documents related to its antipsychotic medication Zyprexa. The documents were originally obtained by an Alaska lawyer, who subpoeaned them from a doctor who possessed them in connection to his work […]

Back to the Future of Copyright Treatises?

I have been absent from this space because of a combination of Christmas, grading, and last week’s AALS conference. Happy New Year! It’s good to be back. At the AALS, I had a conversation with a very smart person who commented on the death of the old-fashioned legal treatise. As he put it, such treatises […]

Data Theft and Laboratories of Democracy

My new home, Michigan, just enacted legislation requiring individuals or government agencies to notify me if my personal identifying information is revealed due to a security breach. (Given the ubiquity of data breaches these days, perhaps I should write “when,” not “if,” particularly with a spouse who works for the Veterans Administration.) This raises three […]