Thursday, April 28, 2016

Without Copyrights

Robert Spoo (Tulsa College of Law), Without Copyrights: Piracy, Publishing, and the Public Domain (Oxford Univ. Press 2013).

"The names of James Joyce and Ezra Pound ring out in the annals of literary modernism, but few recognize the name of Samuel Roth. A brash, business-savvy entrepreneur, Roth made a nameand a profitfor himself as the founding editor and owner of magazines that published selections from foreign writingsespecially the risqué partswithout permission. When he reprinted segments of James Joyce's epochal novel Ulysses, the author took him to court. . . . Without Copyrights tells the story of how the clashes between authors, publishers, and literary 'pirates' influenced both American copyright law and literature itself."

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Friday, April 22, 2016

The Language of Fraud Cases

Roger W. Shuy (Georgetown University), The Language of Fraud Cases (Oxford University Press 2015).

"In The Language of Fraud Cases, Roger Shuy follows the now well-established format of his previous volumes on language and law. He discusses here eight cases that he himself has consulted on, and that illustrate how linguistics can help to solve the various problems that arise in trying to define fraudulent language in the context of law. . . . the cases chosen for this volume hinge on recorded language evidence, making them particularly relevant for linguistic analysis, and include cases of government contracts, EPA regulations, foreign corrupt business practices, trade secrets, money laundering, securities trading, art theft, and price fixing." 
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Friday, April 15, 2016

IP and Other Things

Robin Jacob (University College London). IP and Other Things: A Collection of Essays and Speeches (Hart Publishing, 2015).

"The Rt Hon Professor Sir Robin Jacob has been variously a leading member of the Intellectual Property Bar, a High Court judge and, as Lord Justice Jacob, a judge in the Court of Appeal of England and Wales. His primary area of expertise is intellectual property (IP) rights . . . . These essays, selected from his published and unpublished writings and lectures, illustrate the breadth of his learning in IP and other matters. They are written in typically straightforward and entertaining style and, in the case of the older essays, a commentary of what has happened since they were first published."
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Friday, April 8, 2016

Vagrant Nation: Police Power, Constitutional Change, and the Making of the 1960s

Risa Goluboff (University of Virginia), Vagrant Nation: Police Power, Constitutional Change, and the Making of the 1960s (Oxford Univ. Press 2016).

"In 1950s America, it was remarkably easy for police to arrest almost anyone for almost any reason. The criminal justice system-and especially the age-old law of vagrancy-served not only to maintain safety and order but also to enforce conventional standards of morality and propriety. A person could be arrested for sporting a beard, making a speech, or working too little. Yet by the end of the 1960s, vagrancy laws were discredited and American society was fundamentally transformed. What happened? . . . In Vagrant Nation, Risa Goluboff answers that question by showing how constitutional challenges to vagrancy laws shaped the multiple movements that made 'the 1960s.'" 
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Friday, April 1, 2016

Robot Law

Ryan Calo (University of Washington), A. Michael Froomkin (University of Miami) & Ian Kerr (University of Ottawa) (eds.), Robot Law (Edward Elgar, 2016).

"Robot Law brings together exemplary research on robotics law and policy – an area of scholarly inquiry responding to transformative technology. Expert scholars from law, engineering, computer science and philosophy provide original contributions on topics such as liability, warfare, domestic law enforcement, personhood, and other cutting-edge issues in robotics and artificial intelligence. Together the chapters form a field-defining look at an area of law that will only grow in importance." 
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