Publishing

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Holy crap! We made an Internet thing.

June 12, 2014

Well, it’s a done deal now. Jones McClure Publishing has officially released most of it’s Texas content online in a new platform called “O’Connor’s Online.” After several years of hard work, we’ve finally gotten into the content as a service game. There are so many words I could write about this process and my thoughts [...]

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The Aspen Casebook Controversy: A publisher’s perspective

June 9, 2014

So, last month the shit hit the fan when WoltersKluwer’s Aspen imprint announced a new program for law school casebooks called “Connected Casebook.” Under the program (as announced at the beginning of May), a student would receive: A new, bound version of the casebook, which can be marked-up, highlighted, and kept through the length of [...]

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Remember Law Genius? No? That’s okay, the guy behind the idea is now out at Rap Genius.

May 27, 2014

Well, it comes as no surprise to me, but this past weekend saw the quick dismissal of Rap Genius co-founder Mahbod Moghadam from the company after a series of tasteless annotations to Elliot Rodger’s (the young man behind the mass killings at University of California, Santa Barbara last week) manifesto. You might remember Moghadam from a couple [...]

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Copyright infringement & legal briefs: It still ain’t over.

May 1, 2014

Back in October of last year I was reminded of the White & Elan v. West Publishing & Reed Elsevier (S.D. N.Y., No. 12-CV-01340) matter that was hailed as a victory for fair use when Judge Rakoff in early 2013 tossed out the remaining claims asserting Westlaw and Lexis had violated copyright law by selling access to [...]

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Past Editions: Why are we leaving you behind?

March 19, 2014

I was recently using the new California Legislative Information (“CLI”) website and it reminded me of a couple of things. First was color, namely when information is conceived and born digitally, we as the creators can actually use color in text, and we should use more of it (when appropriate of course). It’s certainly something that’s [...]

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The Promise of Networked Textbooks: Are we there yet?

October 25, 2013

Dan Meyer’s post this month, The Digital Networked Textbook: Is It Any Different? is worth a read. I won’t spoil the ending, but his thoughts coincide with many I’ve had concerning the development in this space. Be sure to read the comments.

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Forget curating. We should be collannotating.

October 24, 2013

Bob Ambrogi’s post yesterday on Casetext adding crowdsourced question and answers similar to that of Mootus reminded me of last-year’s much hyped Law Genius, I think mostly because I see each of these services attempting to do something very similar: exploring new ways (e.g., points, reputation) to get lawyers and law students to freely annotate primary law. After [...]

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Copyright infringement & legal briefs: What ever happened to White v. West Publishing & Lexis?

October 17, 2013

After finding out that Thomson Reuters Canada has tentatively settled the Canadian copyright litigation over use of legal briefs (which I discussed here and here a while ago, and in some other places too), I started wondering whether the New York litigation in White & Elan v. West Publishing & Reed Elsevier (S.D. N.Y., No. 12-CV-01340 was [...]

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