AALL launches Twitter Feeds

Thursday, 26 February 2009

If you use Twitter (if you don't why not!?!) then you might want to start following Tweets from the American Association of Law Librarians (AALL)

They have two Twitter feeds one here and another one exclusively for the 2009 Annual Meeting.

[Hat Tip - The Law Librarian Blog]

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Excited Utterances - Legal Publishing Poll

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Sean Hocking of Law Librarians News and Excited Utterances has created a short poll on increases in publishers prices. From the Excited Utterances Website where the poll is hosted:

"We’re just trying to get a sense of which legal publisher - Law librarians and Knowledge Manager's think will raise their prices most over the next 12 months"

If you don't want to vote you can look at the results so far by choosing "View results" so what are you waiting for!

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UK Government reviews copyright policy

Monday, 23 February 2009

The UK's Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is leading an initiative to review the current copyright policy, with a view to amending it for the21st century.

The initiative is one of the outcomes of the Gowers Review of Intellectual Property , which was published in November 2006. The report's recommendations included action on copyright exceptions and made proposals for enforcement.

Taken with the Digital Britain initiative, that was launched in October 2008 and is due to report in 2009, the UK government is persuaded that a review of UK copyright policy is timely. The copyright review will look at four areas:

  • Access to works. Is the current system too complex in relation to licensing of rights, rights clearance and copyright exceptions? Does the legal enforcementframework work in the digital age?
  • Incentivising investment and creativity. Does the current copyright system provide the right incentives to sustain investment and support creativity? Is thistrue for both creative artists and commercial rights holders? Is this true for physical and online exploitation? Are those who gain value from contentpaying for it?
  • Recognising creative input. Does the current system provide the right balance between commercial certainty and the rights of creators and creative artists?Are creative artists sufficiently rewarded/protected through their existing rights?
  • Authenticating works. What action is needed to address issues related to authentication? In considering the rights of creative artists and other rightsholders, is there a case for differentiation?

The IPO chief executive Ian Fletcher said: "Rapid technological advancements have meant that consumer behaviour and demand continue to change and we need to ensure that our copyright system keeps pace with laws that make sensible and appropriate rewards for creativity while allowing consumers to continue to access and enjoy online content. "It is important that we consider the system as a whole not look at a series of issues in isolation. We want to hear views from grassroots creators to multinational corporations."

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Friday Fun - Google Fight!

Friday, 20 February 2009

The House of Butter blog has pointed me in the direction of Google Fight which is great fun!

Basically the site lets you enter two keywords say Lexis Nexis and Westlaw it then searches Google for individual mentions of these keywords, the winnner is the Key Word with the most hits!

Why not give it a go!

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The big freeze

Thursday, 19 February 2009

Not I'm afraid to say a post about the rather inclement weather the UK suffered recently but some information from the US about Lexis Nexis freezing pay for their employees at 2008 levels.

The reports from the Above the Law Blog and the JD Journal both mention that Lexis Nexis also made 300 employees redundant last April.

[Hat Tip - The House of Butter Blog]

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Library Management Systems and the Legal Sector

Monday, 16 February 2009

The Library & Information Gazette has published two articles in its February 13 edition, which will be of interest to anyone working in the Legal Sector who has an interest in Library Management Systems (LMS)

In the first "We need all the answers" Alan Lewis of Moore Stephens LLP says that "...the most urgent need is for users to know what is available in all media formats" This is an interesting article discussing the potential for LMS the article continues "...the norm will be for partners and staff to search the Web through the Library Catalogue, then download and use the material"

This is a long way off in my mind, especially if you don't currently use an LMS or your firm already has a well established Know How Management System which federates a number of sources including the LMS and online databases. Also as Alan mentions "...none of this will be possible without a rethinking of intellectual property rights and copyrights"

Alan then asks a series of questions, which unfortunately I don't have all the answers to, they include "Will Law Firms...share their knowledge bases? will competitiveness act as a barrier to information sharing of non-confidential material?" On this matter there are already some examples of law firms pooling or sharing their Know How and making it available to their clients. This is a really interesting, albeit short piece on the potential for LMS.

In the second article Guy Mitchell from Clyde & Co discusses "whether the LMS is developing to cope with...legal publishing" But what does this actually mean? Well for a start the LMS "...needs to accomodate...Looseleaf Works, vast mulit-volume sets, supplements, a rapid turnover of new editions and items with hardcopy and electronic elements" but don't other Libraries, perhaps not all share these types of issues when it comes to cataloguing their materials?

Guy makes another point in his articles which is quite interesting "...most catalogues could be usef for linking to online services/website and index Know How and would probably be cheaper and have better search facilities" I'm not sure about this. Certainly LMS can be used to link to other materials but where firms have invested time and money in either an Intranet which contains links to these resources or a Know How Management System the LMS may not be the first place people look to find these resources, certainly not on in the Legal Sector.

There is also the perennial problem of users bookmarking the resources you have linked from your LMS or asking the Library for the URL of a source they want to use. Having said all of that there is some potential for the development of LMS now and in the future, which makes now an exciting time to be involved with them.

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Copyright in the age of Youtube

Monday, 9 February 2009

There has been a lot of discussion recently on LIS-LAW around copyright so anyone who was interested in that dialogue will definitely be interested in this article in the most recent edition of the ABA Journal entitled originally Copyright in the age of Youtube.

This is a really interesting article which discusses how members of the public are increasingly involved in disputes with Copyright owners over "alledged copyright infringements" One of the most interesting cases is that of Stephanie Lenz who recorded her toddler dancing to Prince's song "Let's go crazy" and ended up in a legal wrangle with Universal Music Group. Very interesting.

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FT Sues for Unauthorized Password Sharing

Friday, 6 February 2009

This is an interesting story to come out of the US. According to the Law Librarian Blog the Financial Times is suing Blackstone (a private equity firm in the US) for copyright infringement and violations of federal computer law.

The news was broken by the DealBook blog who provide some information on how the FT detected the "breach"

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Government Information in the Google Age

Wednesday, 4 February 2009

The CILIP Gazette recently reported on a seminar hosted by the Government Libraries & Information Group Special Interest Group. The broad aim of the seminar was to look at the management of Government Information in the fast moving information age we all live in.

Several of the presentations from the seminar will be of interest to BIALL Members:

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PLC Podcasts

Monday, 2 February 2009

PLC have launched a series of PodCasts which look like they will be of interest to anybody working in the field of Intellectual Property Law or Employment Law. The Podcasts are available below:

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