Copyright’s Constituencies

Teaching Civil Procedure and Copyright together again during the just concluded semester, which I have not done since 2007, made for a study in contrasts. As we teach it at Cincinnati, the second semester Civ Pro course is an in-depth examination of some of the trickiest and most important provisions to be found in the […]

Civ Pro / Fed Courts Blog

My colleague and friend Robin Effron, along with Adam Steinman (a colleague of Tim’s) and Cynthia Fountaine of Texas Wesleyan, has launched the Civil Procedure & Federal Courts Blog. Not only is Robin an expert on civ pro, but she also has the only set of major philosopher action figures I’ve ever seen… Update: The […]

Talking Open Source in Cincinnati

I’ll be speaking on Monday at the Cincinnati Intellectual Property Law Association‘s first annual seminar on the open source phenomenon (with a current focus on open source software that I hope will begin to abate in future iterations of the seminar). More important, I’ll be avidly listening: there are some dynamite speakers and topics on […]

Best Practices for Law Review Authors?

As UC‘s only Copyright specialist, I field a lot of questions from my faculty colleagues each year involving what they can and can’t do in class (things like, “can I hand out this clipping from today’s paper?”) Usually, my answer is simple: “yes, fair use. That will be $32,500, please.” Twice a year, though, during […]

The Perils of Winter Conferences

I’m stuck at CVG, waiting for my repeatedly rescheduled flight to Des Moines for Peter Yu‘s 2008 IP Scholars Roundtable. (The weather’s been bad here, and all the outbound Des Moines flights between my originally scheduled one last night and right now have been canceled). If I eventually do make it, it will be the […]

Crowdsourcing and Open Access

I gave a short talk earlier today to my colleagues about the open access movement in legal scholarship, about which the three of us here at Info/Law have blogged from time to time (check out our open access tag for more). I used the occasion to go public with my own minor contribution to improving […]

Jerry Falwell and Info/Law

The passing of the Reverend Jerry Falwell will no doubt be a cause for sincere mourning among a set of individuals that, as it happens, does not include me. But on the principle that the three of us can find an Info/Law angle on practically anything (from the Super Bowl to baby naming to perfume […]

My Prolific Colleague’s New Blog

Jacob Katz Cogan, my friend and colleague here at the University of Cincinnati, has launched a new blog: the International Law Reporter, which already features 14 19 posts in the first 72 hours of its existence (indeed, at the rate he is going, he has probably added three more posts in the time it has […]

More on Academic Libraries and Wikipedia

Tim wrote here recently about how the library at his home institution, the University of Cincinnati, has (mis)handled its approach to Wikipedia. I’m proud to report that librarians at my undergraduate alma mater, Carleton College, seem to have a much more balanced attitude. As the local paper here reports: Reference librarians are making their peace […]

University Library’s Laughably Biased “Selective Bibliography” Slams Wikipedia

The University Libraries here at UC have just published “Wikipedia: Friend or Foe?,” proffered as a resource to “help you start some interesting class discussions” about the free online encyclopedia. And the list certainly provides food for thought! I can envision some very interesting discussions resulting in my fall Computer & Internet Law course — […]