What Is Your Favorite Annoying Question?

A funny piece at Slate rants about the “security” questions increasingly asked by financial institutions in a doomed attempt to foil hackers and phishers. It links to this funnier rant by David Weinberger. (I’ve also complained about the privacy concerns related to this before, but that’s not so funny). As Slate sums up the idiocy: […]

Failed Marriages, Round 3: Again With the Copyright!

I’ve moved part of this post from my earlier post on the ongoing Vermont divorce saga. This post has two parts: analysis of Judge Devine’s decision on the restraining order, and analysis of how strong a fair use defense Krasnansky could mount for his use of excerpts from Garrido’s journal / diary.

Failed Marriages, Round Two: If At First You Don’t Succeed…

8 April 2008: The Berkman Center‘s Citizen Media Law Project has kindly posted a description of this dispute. then try contacting my boss! [See analysis of the latest order in the case, above.] Recently, I wrote a post on Garrido v. Krasnansky, where a Vermont family court judge ordered the husband in a divorce case […]

Can Crowdsourcing Beat Academic Peer Review?

Interesting piece yesterday at the Chronicle of Higher Ed: Blog Comments and Peer Review Go Head to Head to See Which Makes a Book Better. UCSD communications professor Noah Wardrip-Fruin has written a 300-page book entitled Expressive Processing: Digital Fictions, Computer Games, and Software Studies, to be published by MIT Press. MIT Press, in keeping […]

Failed Marriages, Ugly Dogs, Copyright, and Free Speech

8 April 2008: The Berkman Center‘s Citizen Media Law Project has kindly posted a description of this dispute. 18 January 2008: Updated with response from Susan M. Ellwood, Ms. Garrido’s lawyer I’ve been fascinated by Garrido v. Krasnansky, the Vermont divorce case written up in the New York Times. It’s a typically ugly divorce – […]

Internet Conference at McGill

Jeffrey Lipshaw notes a potentially interesting (if broad-themed) international internet conference happening this fall at McGill University in Montreal, October 26-29, 2008: The Center for International Legal Studies in cooperation with McGill University and the Suffolk School of Law invites abstracts for papers on the role of civil society in the formulation, adoption and implementation […]

Nevada Supreme Court Bounces Kucinich

In part for reasons I discussed yesterday, the Nevada Supreme Court issued an emergency decision vacating a lower court injunction — “less than an hour before showtime” — that would have forced MSNBC to include Dennis Kucinich in last night’s Democratic primary presidential debate. A few additional comments: 1. Kucinich and some media outlets are […]

Judge Orders Inclusion of Kucinich in Debate

I am back from my blogging hiatus, during which I have been celebrating Christmas, grading, writing, and attending the annual schmooze-a-thon known as the American Association of Law School Annual Meeting. And what better point of re-entry than a post combining my love of info/law with my love of politics? Late yesterday evening, a Nevada […]

The Real Deal: Brilliant New M&A Blog

My Wayne State colleague and friend Steve Davidoff debuts today at the Deal Professor blog on the New York Times site. This is a coup not only for Steve – who writes the most lucid mergers & acquisitions / corporate law analysis available – but for the NYT, and for those of us trying to […]

Good Artists Copy, Great Artists Steal

When is it acceptable, and legal, to copy someone else’s photo, or recipe? Borrowing from Larry Lessig, there are three constraints on copying: social disapprobation (norms), technological impediments (code), and fears of copyright infringement liability (law). We see two case studies in today’s Washington Post and New York Times. First, Missy Chase Lapine has sued […]