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 [...]

Everything You Need to Know About Mergers & Acquisitions

My colleague Steve Davidoff has launched his M&A blog as part of the Law Professors Blog Empire. Steve spent a decade doing international mergers and acquisitions work at both Shearman & Sterling and Freshfields, so he brings extraordinary field experience and remarkable intellectual acumen to this endeavor. (His latest piece, on regulating listings in a [...]

Wikipedia’s Coverage of Virginia Tech Tragedy Draws Respectful NYT Review

Interesting New York Times piece today with a generally favorable review of the detailed coverage of last week’s horrifying shootings at Virginia Tech that is available on Wikipedia, the free community-edited encyclopedia. The article includes quotes from a number of Wikipedia editors and seems to do a pretty good job of demystifying the process by [...]

Why Is the RIAA Cheerful?

The Washington Post reports that despite a decline in compact disc revenue of 13% last year, the RIAA is upbeat. Huh? Isn’t this the same RIAA that’s always portraying copyright-infringing downloads by college students as the death knell of the music industry? And how does this oddly happy vibe fit with the deal between Apple [...]

Peer-Produced Journalism About Peer Production

There is so much exciting activity in the general space that some call “citizen media” that I can’t keep track of it all. It ranges from Minnesota Public Radio’s vision of “public insight journalism” to YouTube’s YouChoose 08 initiative to the international aggregation of blogs at Global Voices and many, many other examples besides. But [...]

Abolishing the Derivative Works Right in Copyright, Or, Why Legalizing “The Grey Album” Makes Economic Sense

I’ve just posted a draft paper to SSRN titled Faulty Math: The Economics of Legalizing “The Grey Album.” The Alabama Law Review has kindly agreed to publish it in Volume 59 this winter. The paper examines the incentive-based justifications (primarily economic) for giving copyright owners control over derivative works – in other words, for allowing [...]

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 — [...]

Banning MySpace for Jocks

Authorities on the Duluth campus of the University of Minnesota (UMD) have banned student athletes at the school from having accounts on social networking sites like MySpace and Friendster. The story in the local Duluth newspaper is surprisingly good, giving both sides of the debate and avoiding the sort of “Interthreat” sensationalism often found in [...]

Sandwich Meat, or How Not To Protect Kids From Porn

Talking with parents of young children about the Internet quickly raises the topic of adult content on-line, and how anxious / desperate parents are to keep their kids from seeing it (either accidentally or on purpose). At a conference (see Bill’s post) at Michigan State (run by the indefatigable, immensely connected Peter Yu), I came [...]

“What Ifs” Conference

Derek and I spent the weekend at a great conference organized by Professor Peter Yu at Michigan State University College of Law, entitled “What Ifs and Other Alternative Intellectual Property and Cyberlaw Stories.” The conference consisted of numerous panelists spinning counterfactual sceanarios, which turned out to be an excellent way to evaluate underlying assumptions about [...]