Pittsblog: Back Again, and the End of News

There is more to say, as it turns out, about law and tech and entrepreneurship and Pittsburgh and various and sundry other things. Since the end of Pittsblog (born 2003, suspended 2013) and the earlier version of this site (born 2004, suspended 2015), I’ve been looking for the right moment to get back on the ’round, and this morning, there it was: The Pittsburgh Tribune Review, one of Pittsburgh’s two…

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Fair Use and Google: Ten Years After

(Ten Years After, I’d Love to Change the World) Digesting the fair use reading in The Authors Guild v. Google in the Second Circuit, I went back to some things that I wrote when the case was filed, ten years ago, in 2005. What did I get right, what did I get wrong, and where and how is the jury (proverbially) still out? From Google Sued; Books Disappearing (at The Conglomerate):…

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Working Fair Use

Are there tensions in recent fair use cases regarding methods? Fair use analysis has traditionally and conventionally posed a set of very “work-specific,” nuanced questions. For at least 15 years or so, since the rise of the original Napster technology (and really, at least since “librarying” was at issue in the original Betamax litigation), social practices and information technologies have raised the question of large-scale alleged fair uses. Yet copyright…

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Legal Education Begins Anew

Every year since I began teaching, I’ve been nagged by a sense that I was doing some wrong things in the classroom, but for some right reasons.  That sense accelerated over the last five years, to the point that I’ve mostly thrown over my own internal framing of what and how I teach.  As a few readers of this blog know, I’ve also externalized that framing in a series of…

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This One Goes to 11

Just about 11 years ago, on August 30, 2004 to be precise, I launched this blog.  Blog authorship has expanded and shrunk since then; posting frequency has increased and decreased; the blog’s scope has expanded – and expanded some more; I’ve cycled through a lot of templates and designs.  The most recent design update leaves the blog with (still) a pretty primitive appearance, but most of the readership today accesses…

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