Essays on law, leadership, technology, and "things" – and arts, culture, intellectual property, and commons – and entrepreneurship and innovation – and higher education – and Pittsburgh and urbanism. One law professor's views of the world.
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 the posts through Twitter and Facebook. Cosmetics don’t matter so much, I think.
But, interestingly, I haven’t put the blog (and its readers) out of its misery. (During my tenure here, I’ve created, supported, and eventually put to bed two other blogs. At one point I was maintaining and posting to five blogs in all, concurrently.) Madisonian.net chugs on. There is more to say, and there is some that was said before that needs to be revived, renewed, and said again. The Internet is great at remembering things, for better or worse. People often aren’t.
I’ve been teaching law for 16 years. This blog has been around for more than 10 years. To speak the plain truth, it’s getting pretty damn dull around here.
So change is afoot. I’m starting small, redesigning the blog (for WordPress aficionados, this is the new Twenty Fifteen theme, with more tweaks to come) and, more importantly, going solo. From this point forward, madisonian.net posts will be my own, and only my own.
After years of collaboration here, with an evolving but usually growing group of law professor colleagues, I am breaking up the band. All older posts will stay online, but new stuff by the crew will appear elsewhere. Members of the Madisonian.net team can be found, in most cases, on other blogs (Concurring Opinions and PrawfsBlawg, especially), on Twitter, sometimes on Facebook, and even in journal articles, books, MSM op-eds, and in podcasts and broadcasts. How can you miss them if they won’t go away?
My posting has picked up over the last few weeks, and I aim to pick it up a bit more in the weeks and months ahead. I’ve changed the blog description (upper left corner of the site) to reflect the broader range of things that I plan to write about from time to time.
Welcome Elizabeth Townsend Gard to the madisonian.net roster. Elizabeth is Associate Professor at the Tulane University Law School (full official profile here). She is co-director and co-founder of Tulane’s Center for Intellectual Property Law & Culture, and director and co-inventor of the Durationator(r) Copyright Experiment, a software program that determines the worldwide copyright status of every kind of cultural work. With Ron Gard, she is beginning a Tulane University spin-out, Limited Times LLC, that will provide self-help legal educational resources to artists, scholars, filmmakers, content owners, digitizers, and anyone else needing copyright help, which utilizes the research and work of the Durationator(r) Copyright Experiment. In additional to her specialization in copyright, she teaches property, art law, trademarks, international intellectual property, and intellectual property.
I could go on and on, but you get the point (and can look up and download Elizabeth’s excellent copyright law scholarship here, at her SSRN page).
Michael writes about IP, with an emphasis on patents and trade secrets. He joined the Villanova faculty this year after a stint at the West Virginia University College of Law, and before starting his teaching career practiced law for a number of years in Palo Alto.
He has been a regular guest-blogger at Prawfsblawg, and I suspect that he will continue to appear there from time to time.