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Copyright Porn Trolls, Wasting Taxi Medallions, and the Propriety of 'Property'

Tom W. Bell, Chapman University, The Dale E. Fowler School of Law

Gender Disparity in Law Review Citation Rates

Christopher Anthony Cotropia, University of Richmond School of Law
Lee Petherbridge, Loyola Law School Los Angeles

Mexican Law and Legal Research: A Guide Prepared in Conjunction with the Program 'Mexican Law and Legal Research: Overcoming the Challenges'

Jonathan Pratter, University of Texas at Austin - School of Law
Lyonette Louis-Jacques, University of Chicago
Bianca T Anderson, University of Miami
Marisol Floren-Romero, FIU - College of Law, RDB 2074B
Teresa M. Miguel, Yale Law School - Lillian Goldman Law Library
Julienne E. Grant, Loyola University Chicago
Sergio D. Stone, Stanford University, Stanford Law School
Jootaek Lee, Northeastern University - School of Law

Open Access and UNU-WIDER

Tony Addison, United Nations University

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"Copyright Porn Trolls, Wasting Taxi Medallions, and the Propriety of 'Property'" Free Download
Chapman Law Review, Vol. 18, 2015, Forthcoming
Chapman University, Fowler Law Research Paper No. 14-12

TOM W. BELL, Chapman University, The Dale E. Fowler School of Law

What happens when the government creates privileges that have powers rivaling those that the common law accords to property? Recent events in two seemingly unrelated areas suggest a troubling answer to that question. First, in copyright, porn trolls have sued thousands of John Does for allegedly participating in illegal file sharing. These suits evidently seek not judicial vindication but merely the defendants' identities, which the plaintiffs then use to reap settlement payments from guilty and innocent alike. Second, taxi drivers in cities across the world have launched legal, political, and physical attacks against Uber and other networked transportation services, accusing their new competitors of stealing customers and destroying the value of taxi medallions. Both conflicts arise from the same basic problem: copyrights and taxi medallions more resemble privileges than property. They not only lack property's natural, customary, and common law roots; they also suffer from fuzzy and ill-defended boundaries. These deficiencies make it economically inefficient to protect copyrights and taxi medallions with remedies equal to or greater than those that protect property. Liability for damages should suffice. These and other insights follow when we analyze copyrights and taxi medallions as statutory privileges and reserve "property" for other, more deserving subjects.

"Gender Disparity in Law Review Citation Rates" Free Download

CHRISTOPHER ANTHONY COTROPIA, University of Richmond School of Law
LEE PETHERBRIDGE, Loyola Law School Los Angeles

Gender disparity in scholarly influence – measured in terms of differential citation to academic work – has been widely documented. The weight of the evidence is that, in many fields of academic inquiry, papers authored by women receive fewer citations than papers authored by men. To investigate whether a similar gender disparity in scholarly influence exists in legal studies we analyze the impact of gender on citation to articles published in top 100 law reviews between 1990 and 2010. We find evidence of gender disparity in citation rates, but in surprising contrast to observations made in other disciplines, we observe that articles authored by women receive significantly more citations than articles authored by men.

"Mexican Law and Legal Research: A Guide Prepared in Conjunction with the Program 'Mexican Law and Legal Research: Overcoming the Challenges'" Free Download
American Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting and Conference San Antonio, Texas, July 15, 2014

JONATHAN PRATTER, University of Texas at Austin - School of Law
LYONETTE LOUIS-JACQUES, University of Chicago
BIANCA T ANDERSON, University of Miami
TERESA M. MIGUEL, Yale Law School - Lillian Goldman Law Library
JULIENNE E. GRANT, Loyola University Chicago
SERGIO D. STONE, Stanford University, Stanford Law School
JOOTAEK LEE, Northeastern University - School of Law

This guide, which is a compilation of articles by members of the American Association of Law Libraries’ Latin American Law Interest Group, covers all aspects of Mexican legal research. Its purpose is to provide a contextualized overview of how to conduct research on Mexican law — referencing applicable Spanish language resources and highlighting any available sources in English. Organized into three main sections by general resource type, the Guide covers “Primary Sources,? “Secondary Sources,? and “Online Resources,? and then the more specific sources that fall within those categories. Thus, the section on “Primary Sources,? includes constitutions, official gazettes, compilations of legislation, administrative regulations, international agreements, and judicial decisions. “Secondary Sources? covers dictionaries and encyclopedias, treatises, textbooks, and monographs, and online law reviews. The final category of “Online Resources? includes both commercial and free collections of Mexican legal resources available on the Web.

"Open Access and UNU-WIDER" 
UNU-WIDER Angle 02/2014

TONY ADDISON, United Nations University

Development researchers live in a world where research on development, not just in economics but also political science, environmental science, anthropology (to name just a few areas of inquiry) is abundant. It is often very easy to access, with information technology now being at the centre of a researcher’s life, in ways that would have been unimaginable when many of us were starting out. I still like to graze amongst the bound volumes of journals in libraries — the smell of old journals, a kind of mix of old printers’ ink and dust, remains appealing. But actually finding anything sometimes takes too much work. What if that journal is sitting on some other reader’s desk in a far part of the library? And what if you can’t get to the library today?

Yet, while much is freely available on the web, an awful lot more also sits behind paywalls. Or is accessible only if you are a member of a university library that subscribes to the journal you want. Access in the Global South can be especially limited — when library resources are meager and bandwidth slow. To their credit, some sites offer free access to those in the South, but not always. Publishers have to make a living (it’s not a charity), but as researchers we want everything to available now, and for free. It’s a dilemma in which the academic world finds itself, and many of our colleagues in the physical sciences are developing new ways to get their results out into the bigger world.


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