Down the Rabbit Hole: Establishing Uniform Authentication and Preservation Standards for U.S. Legal Materials

A hat tip to Rob Richards at the Legal Informatics Blog for alerting us that the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform Laws (NCCUSL) will meet on July 7th to consider adopting The Uniform Electronic Materials Act (the Act).  As Rob notes in his post, the Act aims to “establish uniform legal standards for the authentication and preservation of U.S.

Mexico’s Senate rejects ACTA

Last week, the Mexican Senate passed a resolution asking the President not to sign ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. With this resolution, the Mexican Senate is the first in the world to reject this treaty that has been pushed in several countries under different names, such as “Ley Sinde” in Spain and “Ley Lleras” in Colombia and many others. This

Justia Daily Opinion Summaries: The Nifty Fifty

We told you about our nice free case law summaries. Then we blogged that we were adding more. Well, today, my friends, we are done. We have all fifty states! Now you can sign up and receive free summaries of court opinions for all state supreme courts, the US Supreme Court and all Federal appellate courts. Just go to

Can You Take Your Dog to Work? Check with HR

Tomorrow is national Take Your Dog to Work Day®, a phrase trademarked by a pet sitters’ industry group. At Justia, however, every day is take your dog to work day, where the in-house dogs keep hounding us for more free law. They: Help us chase laws Sit for Supreme Court opinions, and Rollover for recalls, Seek TROs for tummy rubs,

FDA Publishes Copyrighted Warnings for Cigarette Packages and Advertisements

Today, the Food and Drug Administration published its final rule on Required Warnings for Cigarette Packages and Advertisements, 76 Fed. Reg. 36628 (June 22, 2011). In general, the FDA opted for a shock-and-awe approach by requiring graphic images with accompanying warning statements on cigarette packaging. Currently, cigarette packages must bear the following required warnings: SURGEON GENERAL’S WARNING: Smoking Causes Lung

Copyright Controversy Over Educational Content in Mexico

In Mexico, a common line of thought is that projects funded with government money must be a public good. However, Mexican copyright laws challenged this perception after the government-funded Enciclomedia project failed due to fuzzy contracts, political conflicts and a lack of infrastructure. Initially, the goal of Enciclomedia was to incorporate content from several different government educational programs and Microsoft

Judge: Righthaven in the Wrong on Copyright

In an enlightening decision, a federal judge ruled this week that Las Vegas-based copyright litigation enterprise Righthaven had no legal basis to sue one defendant, Democratic Underground, because it didn’t even own the copyright it was suing over. Chief U.S. District Court Judge Roger Hunt was particularly peeved to learn that Righthaven was trying to engage in legal slight-of-hand by

Has the Defense of Marriage Act Gone Bankrupt?

On Monday, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California, in Los Angeles, made an unusual ruling for a bankruptcy court: it declared Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional. In that case, a legally married same-sex couple in California tried to file a joint petition for Chapter 13 bankruptcy. The U.S. trustee filed a motion

Coloring Outside the Lines – California’s Citizens Redistricting Commission Releases First Round of Draft Maps

Ballot initiatives in California run the gamut and ask the electorate to cast their vote, yea or nay, on a wide range of issues.  Recently, there has been a lot of press about one specific initiative we went to the polls to vote on (and passed) in 2008 – Proposition 11 — the Voters FIRST Act (“the Act’).  The Act