Thursday, October 25, 2012

HaithiTrust Digitization Ruled Fair Use

Fans of fair use were encouraged by the October 10 opinion of Judge Harold Baer Jr., of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York that found the HathiTrust’s digitization of copyrighted works for preservation and full-text searching and indexing, and to help visually disabled patrons discover material use of copyrighted works counted as fair use under copyright law.

“I am convinced that [the facts here] fall safely within the protection of fair use such that there is no genuine issue of material fact. I cannot imagine a definition of fair use that would not encompass the transformative uses made by Defendants' [Mass Digitization Project] and would require that I terminate this invaluable contribution to the progress of science and cultivation of the arts that at the same time effectuates the ideals espoused by the [Americans with Disabilities Act].”
Authors Guild, Inc. v. HathiTrust, 11 CV 6351 HB, 2012 WL 4808939, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 146169 (S.D.N.Y. Oct. 10, 2012).

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Time-saving tools training on 10/24 at 12:30--lunch will be provided to registrants!!

Feel like you need a TARDIS to get all of your work done? Well, we can’t help you there, but time travel isn’t your only option. Attend a library-sponsored training on a number of time-saving tools!
Are you interested in:
Cite-checking and Bluebooking an entire document at the touch of a button?
Conducting legal research right in Microsoft Word?
Having an easy way to organize research and link to legal documents in your class outlines or for writing assignments?
Meeting with a law librarian to focus your research?
If so, then come to EW 200 on Wednesday, October 24, from 12:30 to 1:30 for a training on CaseMap and Lexis for Microsoft Office. Spend 1 hour with our Lexis Rep, Karen Gray, and save innumerable hours by learning to use these time-saving tools. You will also be able to set up a time with a librarian to help with research on your writing assignment or note. Lunch will be provided, so please be sure to register to ensure that there is plenty of food for everyone!


*TARDIS image from Roy Higson.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

How to find definitions in federal regulations

Fairly early on in law school, students learn how to find cases and statutes defining specific words and phrases, by checking 1) the Words & Phrases legal encyclopedia, 2) by checking the Words - Phrases volume of a West's digest, and 3) by searching the W-P field of a case database or statute database on Westlaw.  Unfortunately, none of the foregoing research strategies will find definitions in federal regulations.  However, there is a quick and efficient way to find definitions of specific terms in federal regulations.  Here's how to do it:
  1. Go to West's Code of Federal Regulations General Index (available in print, on Westlaw Classic and on WestlawNext)
  2. Look in the Ws for the heading Words and Phrases
  3. Look under the Words and Phrases heading for the term to be defined
  4. The C.F.R. citation for the regulation defining the term appears in boldface immediately after the term.
For example, looking up "Slurp guns" under the the Words and Phrases heading in the West's CFR Index, takes you to 50 C.F.R. Section 600.10 which does indeed define a slurp gun.