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The Legal Information & Technology eJournal is sponsored by the Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section (ALL-SIS). The purpose of the Section is to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and information on academic law libraries and to represent its members' interests and concerns within the American Association of Law Libraries. The eJournal is also sponsored by the Mid-America Association of Law Libraries (MAALL), an official chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries. MAALL includes members from academic, court, and law firm libraries in Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and South Dakota.

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"Understanding Intellectual Property: About Moral Rights and Economic Effects" Free Download

ALIN SPERIUSI-VLAD, West University of Timisoara - Faculty of Law

Moral rights must be carefully studied by the business community, which could easily and wrongly believe that the intellectual property business involves only intellectual property economic rights. This is an introduction meant to reveal a contrasting legal and economic reality concerning the effects of the moral rights over the economic relations. Any unclear regulation must be interpreted in favour of the author, as they prevail over the interests of all other interested persons and, by consequence, any obligation assumed by the author or a contractor thereof, may be restricted, i.e. extended, by claiming that the author’s moral rights are violated or that they are not fully protected. Any kind of use of the protected creation involving the economic rights, is indissolubly connected to the work’s authorship claiming and, very often, with the work’s integrity compliance or withdrawal right. Any contract concluded between a person acquiring economic rights over an intangible asset, cannot deny or diminish author’s moral rights. The disclosure right is the decision of the author to put his work on the market, in contact with the public. After exhaustion, regardless the voluntary or the involuntary aspects, the disclosure right can no longer be breached, so that following disclosure of the intellectual property, any possible use of it without author’s consent violates only the economic rights and, possibly, other moral rights, such as the right to authorship of work and the right to withdraw the work, according to the concrete circumstances of the case. Conditioning the exhaustion of the disclosure right by a voluntary disclosure – whether there is the intent of disclosure on the part of the author or an ambiguous agreement – is wrong and inevitably leads to obstruction of commercial circuit.

"The Continuing Relevance of Paul Otlet, the International Institute of Bibliography/International Federation for Documentation, and the Documentation Movement for Information Science and Studies" Free Download
Interactions: UCLA Journal of Education and Information Studies, Vol. 10, No. 2, June 2014

SCOTT HAMILTON DEWEY, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Law Library

This paper discusses how early Belgian internationalist and information scientist Paul Otlet (1868-1944), and the documentation/documentalist movement that he set in motion, impacted the later development of information science and archival practice during the twentieth century and continues to impact those areas today.

"Data Reduction and Data Mining Framework for Digital Forensic Evidence: Storage, Intelligence, Review and Archive" Free Download
Trends & Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice 480: 1-11, 2014

DARREN QUICK, Government of South Australia
KIM-KWANG RAYMOND CHOO, University of South Australia

The volume of digital forensic evidence is rapidly increasing, leading to large backlogs. In this paper, a Digital Forensic Data Reduction and Data Mining Framework is proposed. Initial research with sample data from South Australia Police Electronic Crime Section and Digital Corpora Forensic Images using the proposed framework resulted in significant reduction in the storage requirements — the reduced subset is only 0.196 percent and 0.75 percent respectively of the original data volume. The framework outlined is not suggested to replace full analysis, but serves to provide a rapid triage, collection, intelligence analysis, review and storage methodology to support the various stages of digital forensic examinations. Agencies that can undertake rapid assessment of seized data can more effectively target specific criminal matters. The framework may also provide a greater potential intelligence gain from analysis of current and historical data in a timely manner, and the ability to undertake research of trends over time.

"Airing Aereo's Errors: Why the Supreme Court's Internet Television Decision Should Be ‘Cancelled’" Free Download
2 Journal of International & Comparative Law ___ (2014 Forthcoming).

IRA STEVEN NATHENSON, St. Thomas University School of Law

This article scrutinizes the United States Supreme Court’s decision in American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. v. Aereo, Inc. Aereo’s streaming television service allowed subscribers to watch broadcast television on a computer, tablet, or smartphone without requiring them to be directly connected to cable, satellite, or a local antenna. Aereo’s system was designed to comply with existing copyright law by using thousands of antennas, each of which was designated for only one subscriber at a time. Aereo was sued for copyright infringement by a number of leading television broadcasters. The United States Supreme Court, over a heated Scalia dissent, concluded that Aereo was ‘highly similar’ to a cable company, and that it therefore made ‘public performances’ falling within the plaintiffs’ exclusive rights. Because the Aereo decision was unnecessary, unsound, and unwise, this article proposes steps that should be taken in order to avoid frustrating the development of beneficial ‘cloud’ computing services.

"Moving Beyond Library Automation: Role of Digitization in Academic Library" Free Download
Social Science Research, Forthcoming


Modern academic library is a conglomeration of printed books and journals as well as electronic resources where both forms of the documents can be stored, retrieved and delivered as and when required. The automated library system is capable of handling large volumes of documents and of providing timely and effective information services to faculty, research scholars and students in achieving their goals. Digitization is an electronic process of converging information from a print format to a digital format. The process of digitization involves the scanning of the print material into digital. Computer based information system for acquiring, storing, organizing, searching, distributing and displaying digital materials for end user access; not necessarily network-based but designed and constructed so as to be capable of attaching or being attached to a network. Purpose of Digital Library, Vision of Digital Library, Managing Digital Library, Digital Preservation, Copyright and Licensing.


About this eJournal

Sponsored by: the Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section of the American Association of Law Libraries and the Mid-America Association of Law Libraries.

This eJournal distributes working and accepted paper abstracts in all areas of legal information scholarship. Topics include (but are not limited to): 1) the impact of legal information on domestic, comparative, and international legal systems; 2) the treatment of legal information authorities and precedents (e.g., citation studies); 3) the examination of rules, practices, and commentary limiting or expanding applications of legal information (e.g., citation to unpublished opinions and to foreign law); 4) the study of economic, legal, political and social conditions limiting or extending access to legal information (e.g., trends in the legal publishing industry, intellectual property regimes, and open access initiatives); 5) the finding and use of legal information by academics to produce legal scholarship, by law students to learn the law, by attorneys in practice, and by judges and others decisionmakers to determine legal outcomes; 6) the history of legal information systems and technological advancements; 7) legal information system design and assessment; and 8) the relationship of substantive areas of law (such as information law, intellectual freedom, intellectual property, and national security law) and other academic disciplines (e.g., information science) to legal information. This includes the scholarship of law librarians, other legal scholars, and other academic disciplines.

The eJournal also includes working papers, forthcoming articles, recently published articles, and selected documents (such as White Papers, briefings, reports, course materials) on the practice of law librarianship. Submissions are welcome in all areas of law librarianship including: 1) administration, management, and leadership; 2) facility design and construction; 3) evaluating and marketing law library services; 4) all aspects of public, technical, and technology services; 5) collection development, including sample collection development policies and procedures; 6) electronic resource management and development including licensing, digitization, and institutional repositories; 7) research and reference services; and 8) legal research instruction teaching methods and substantial or innovative course materials.


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Advisory Board

Legal Information & Technology eJournal

Associate Dean/ Director of the Law Library, University of South Carolina School of Law, Associate Dean for the Law Library & Associate Professor of Law, University of South Carolina - Coleman Karesh Law Library

Professor, University of Texas School of Law

Associate Director and Head of Technical Services, William A. Wise Law Library, University of Colorado Law School

Library Director & Associate Professor of Law, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law - Leon E. Bloch Law Library

Associate Dean for Information Services, Professor of Law, Professor of Information Resources and Library Science, and Editor, Legal Reference Services Quarterly, University of Arizona - James E. Rogers College of Law, Cracchiolo Law Library

Rufty Research Professor of Law & Senior Associate Dean for Information Services, Duke University School of Law

Assistant Professor of Law and Director of Library Services, Emory University School of Law - Hugh F. MacMillan Law Library

University of Washington - School of Law, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Library and Computing Services, University of Washington School of Law - Gallagher Law Library

International & Foreign Law Librarian, University of California School of Law Library - Boalt Hall Law Library

Director, Academic Advising, Senior Law Lecturer, University of Washington School of Law

Professor of Law and Director, University of Nebraska College of Law, Schmid Law Library

Associate Dean for Finance & Administration; Professor of Law, University of New Mexico School of Law

Associate Law Librarian for International and Foreign Law, Georgetown University Law Library

Library Director and Associate Professor, Brooklyn Law School, Editor, Law Library Journal, American Association of Law Libraries