legal information

  • IALL 35th Annual Course “Common Law Perspectives in an International Context”

    August 19, 2016

    From the 31st July until the 3rd August 2016, the 35th Annual Course of the International Association of Law Libraries (IALL) on International Legal Information and Law. The theme of the Annual Course was “Common Law Perspectives in an International Context.” The IALL is a worldwide, cooperative non-profit organization of librarians, libraries, and other persons and institutions which are concerned with the acquisition, dissemination and use of legal information from sources other than their own jurisdictions. The IALL 35th Annual Course took place in Keble College, Oxford. Keble was founded in 1870. It is now one of the largest Oxford colleges.

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  • Database JUSTIS

    March 31, 2016

    Database Justis is an innovative legal database and information service containing case law from the United Kingdom and Ireland. In addition, it also holds EU as well as international case law. One can find case coverage going back to 1163 and legislation from 1235, which makes this database stand out amongst its competitors. Aside from Legislation, this full-text online legal library also features statutory instruments, articles, primary and specialist case law and human rights acts. Finding what you’re looking for is an effortless process and data can be searched quickly and intuitively by any number of variables, such as parties, full text references, citations, courts, years or subjects. This database is continuously updated and expanded, almost on a daily basis.

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  • Google Books and Fair Use

    October 23, 2015

    On the 16th of October 2015, the United States Court of Appels for the Second Circuit made clear that Google Books is legal. The Court ruled for Google against the Authors Guild, a professional group of
    published writers which had alleged that Google Library Project and Google Books project infringed their copyrights. In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the appeals Court considered four factors of the US copyright law.

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  • Libraries: the Value of Just in Case, Not Just in Time

    August 21, 2015

    I am using the blog this time to explain my anxiety that society risks losing too much as the materialism of ‘value’ replaces the experience of centuries of unquantifiable practice and purpose. It is my concern that too many libraries are under threat from the bean counters. Libraries have always existed as places for the ‘just in case’ event, providing the go-to location when you want sustenance of the mind in some way – knowledge, leisure, curiosity, information, entertainment. However the world is in thrall to the ‘just in time’ mentality of financial wunderkinds who do not value those ‘old fashioned’ concepts, looking instead at the pragmatic usability of everything, seeing a book that lives on a shelf and is only taken off once a year, or once a decade, as an unnecessary encumbrance, not earning its space in a world where everything has to be costed, to be accountable for its existence.

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