Third Circuit follows Watchtower

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued a decision today striking down an ordinance in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania requiring “door-to-door canvassers who plan to ‘hand pamphlets or other written material’ to residents or discuss with them ‘issues of public or religious interest’ to first register with the police department.” If this requirement [...]

Law Blogs and the First Amendment

Back after lunch. Glenn Reynolds talks about libel. [Note: I missed blogging part of this as my Mac rebooted. Isn't this supposed to be why Apple's OS trumps Windows?] He points out that blogs quickly and prominently correct errors, limiting harm from defamatory postings. Since they’re open to everyone, Tornillo-style regulation is superfluous. He also [...]

Who Is This Guy?

Bill offered an excellent introduction to our blog, and especially to information law – something he and I are mildly obsessed with. (I prefer it to “cyberlaw” because it focuses on data, not medium.) I’m a fellow at the Berkman Center along with Bill and a host of talented folks. I work primarily with the [...]

More Blogging and Legal Scholarship

Next up: The Role of the Law Professor Blogger Gail Heriot, from wonderful San Diego, talks about whether law schools should encourage blawgs. Answer: yes, because it enables profs’ function as public intellectuals. (Disclaimer: blogging is such fun that perhaps her perspective is suspect.) Law bloggers want to be topical, consequential, and expert. Law review [...]

Blogging and Legal Scholarship

Bill and I are here in Ames Courtroom listening to Bloggership: How Blogs Are Transforming Legal Scholarship. Paul Caron is talking about the Law Professor Blogs Network, noting that Jim Lindgren and Allison Nagelberg found that highly-cited scholars are viewed as better teachers by law students. He tackles the question of whether scholars are better [...]

Wikipedia and politics, part 74 1/2

Yesterday I speculated that a controversy around the use of Wikipedia in a Georgia political campaign was really just another example of people misunderstanding Wikipedia and unfairly holding it to different standards than other media. Today, given recent developments, I am not so sure. Secretary of State Cathy Cox has fired her campaign manager, Morton [...]

Wikipedia and politics, Part 74

The Associated Press reports another story of Wikipedia editing involving politicians (distinct from this one). The entry for Georgia Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor, a candidate for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, was edited to include an (accurate) reference to his son’s indictment on felony drunk-driving charges. The charges stem from an accident in which the son’s [...]

Use and abuse of anonymous blogging

The Los Angeles Times appears to have missed the point in its suspension of reporter-blogger Michael Hiltzik, and reports in the Washington Post and New York Times do the same. Their collective error undermines both the free speech of reporters and the good name of anonymous blogging. Hiltzik, says the L.A. Times, has been suspended [...]

From Law Blog to MSM in One Easy Step

I had a powerful reminder yesterday morning of the capacity of legal blogs to move ideas from the legal academy out to the wider public. I picked up the “Ideas” section of the Sunday Boston Globe (always a distressingly thin section for such a grandiose name). There on the front page was an article about [...]

Greetings!

Welcome to Info/Law, a blog about information, law, and most of all “Information Law.” What is Information Law? We see it as an obvious convergence of intellectual property doctrine, communications regulation, First Amendment norms, and new technology. As information becomes the most precious commodity of the 21st century, the law surrounding it will have to [...]