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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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Introducing Prcttnr: Bringing legal commentary & practice guides to the masses.

October 14, 2013

If you haven’t noticed, this blog has been pretty quiet lately. That’s primarily because I’ve been busy working with a few IP experts, programmers, legal editors and, of course, “the money” in an attempt to bring to fruition an idea that, quite frankly, couldn’t have come about until recently. We are calling it, at least [...]

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When should Big Legal Publishing shift away from Big Law?

August 13, 2013

“Doomed is the New Black” when it comes Big Law, or so we’ve been led to believe by Noam Scheiber in his recent New Republic piece, The Last Days of Big Law: You can’t imagine the terror when the money dries up. His prediction? There are currently between 150 and 250 firms in the United States [...]

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Technology will not make old content, poor writing, or awful structure better or more useful.

June 24, 2013

In the very near future, legal publishers’ front lists are going to explode with new digital titles for your consumption. They will grow by the dozens in every product category, enough to make your head spin, and they will never know the feel of paper. Each title will be increasingly granular, like an ALR annotation [...]

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In publishing, the little things do matter.

May 6, 2013

Today, one of my editors was kind enough to send me an email that read simply: Go to the Texas Supreme Court website. So I did, and guess what I saw? This: Now, I happen to know that Justice Hecht told a CLE crowd a few weeks back that Thomson Reuters’ West Texas Rules of [...]

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