What if Readers Turned Pages for the Sake of Turning Pages?: Amazon, Taylor Swift, and Big Brother

Do writers need their own “Taylor Swift” to protect their right to be paid for their labor? (See NPR’s story about Swift, Apple, and right to be paid.)

The latest Amazon plan to pay authors based on pages turned (and presumably read?), makes me wonder if all readers shouldn’t just start turning those pages, whether you read them or not. We can only hope that the Amazon eyes “watching” you turn pages aren’t also able to tell if you have actually read the words. (No, maybe we don’t want to know that.)

“What If Authors Were Paid Every Time Someone Turned a Page?” by Peter Wayner, The Atlantic, June 20, 2015

By the way, Amazon is not the only corporation reading you as you read their products.

I’ve been following these stories on various websites, but hat tip to Library Link of the Day for the link to The Atlantic article.

Open Source, Lawyers, and Beer: FOSS+Beer, Beryl’s, and a Legal Talk Network Podcast

A podcast from LawSites (Robert Ambrogi): A Most Unusual Episode of Lawyer2Lawyer (Hint: It Involves Beer)

Excerpt: “It is not every day that I get to record a podcast episode in a brewery…. But for our interview with the hosts of the FOSS+Beer podcast, we set up our mikes in Beryl’s Beer Co. in Denver ….

I previously wrote about the FOSS+Beer podcast, which I described as A Podcast About Law, Tech and Open Source. And Beer. Craft Beer. Since I was in Denver and the FOSS folks are in nearby Boulder, we invited them down to talk about open source software, podcasting and, yes, beer….” [Link to full Open Source and Beer podcast]

Last Thoughts on Legislative Drafting and Poetry Month (April at the Law Library of Congress)

“The Unacknowledged Legislators of the World,” April 28, 2015 by Jennifer Davis (Law Library of Congress)

“…. The centrality of interpretation to law and poetry is also explored by Wallace Stevens, most markedly in his poem “Metaphors of a Magnifico“:

Twenty men crossing a bridge,
Into a village,
Are twenty men crossing twenty bridges,
Into twenty villages,
Or one man
Crossing a single bridge into a village….

[Link to full Library of Congress blog post.]

It’s National County Government (and Poetry) Month

Hat tip to Gallagher blogs, the ever vigilant and ever playful, law librarians at the University of Washington.

“National County Government Month

April is the cruellest month,” wrote T. S. Eliot. If you’re a fan of Eliot, you might be celebrating April as National Poetry Month.

But April is also National County Government Month (declared by the National Association of Counties (NACo)), and as lawyers you’re more likely to deal with county government or even be a part of it than you are to be a professional poet, so let’s take a minute to think about county government….” [Link to Gallagher Blogs post.]

Note from the Oregon Legal Research blogger: don’t confuse their “Washington counties” references with our Washington County references. Eternal vigilance and all that.

If you need a, um, judicious poetry break, search The Google for lawyer poets and read some interesting lawyer-poetry tidbits. (There is also a lot of judicial poetry – more than you could imagine or even want to imagine – i.e. judges who write their opinions in verse; but we can save that topic for another blog post.)

Oregon “Jury awards couple nearly $240K over neighbors’ barking dogs,”

“Oregon Jury awards couple nearly $240K over neighbors’ barking dogs, by Martha Neil, ABA Journal News, April 16, 2015

An Oregon jury has awarded nearly $240,000 to a Rogue River couple who said they had to listen to their neighbors’ dogs constant barking for over a decade.

Plaintiffs Dale and Debra Krein said in the Jackson County suit that John Updegraff and Karen Szewc began breeding Tibetan mastiffs in 2002. After that, the giant dogs began barking around 5 a.m. and continued all day, the Kreins contended. They said their neighbors did not attempt to keep the dogs quiet even after the two were cited more than a decade ago by county authorities for creating a nuisance, reports the Medford Mail Tribune….[Link to ABA article.]

Oregon Lawyers: Legal Writing Brevity Challenge

At the end of the April 2015 “The Legal Writer” column in the OSB Bulletin, Suzanne Rowe poses a Brevity Challenge:

“How much can you say in just a few words? Here’s the Brevity Challenge: In just six words, write your best demand letter, contract, will, case brief, statement of facts, argument, conclusion or anything else that lawyers write. Send me your prose, along with your name and where you live. The best will appear in a future column of The Legal Writer.”

(The article does not provide an email address for the author. You can send it via her University of Oregon Law School website or to the OSB Bulletin Editor.)

And don’t forget the OSB Poetry Challenge!

Public Services Attorney/Law Librarian to Lead Self-Help Center in King County (Washington)

Law Library Hires New Public Services Attorney (from the press release):

“.The Public Law Library of King County is pleased to announce that Marc Lampson has joined the Public Law Library to serve as the library’s first Public Services Attorney. The newly created position is an innovative response to the ever growing phenomenon of people representing themselves in legal proceedings. Recent statistics from the King County Superior Court show that in 63% of general civil cases at least one party was not represented by a lawyer. In domestic or family law cases, the percentage climbed to 80%. In 91% of the landlord/tenant or eviction cases, only the landlord was represented by a lawyer. In 50% of family law cases, neither side was represented. This trend is typical throughout the United States, and law librarians have found that these unrepresented litigants frequently come to the law library for help.

As a result, a few law libraries in other states have developed self-help centers to provide their patrons with not only research assistance, but legal assistance as well…. [Mark’s] work will eventually entail establishing a self-help center in the library to provide direct legal assistance for patrons and to coordinate further legal assistance through referrals, clinics, workshops, and innovative online methods for the delivery of legal services.

Marc has long been involved in Washington’s access to justice community. He served as the director of the Unemployment Law Project for the past eight years and during that time served on many committees of the Access to Justice Board. He has previously worked as an attorney for the Washington Appellate Defender Association and the Institutions Project at Evergreen Legal Services. He received his Master of Library and Information Science degree, with a specialization in law librarianship, from the University of Washington’s Information School in 1999 and his law degree from Antioch School of Law in 1984.” [Read entire press release.]

Oregon State Bar CLE Seminars Course Materials Library

OSB CLE Seminars Course Materials Library is “open during construction.” (Yes, say thank you!!)

In case you missed it from OSB Bulletin’s Bar News (Feb/March 2015): “Written course materials from past CLE seminars are now available as a member benefit. Bar members can download the PDF files for free from the CLE page of the bar website. To view the available materials, visit www.osbar.org/CLE and click on the Course Materials Library link.

In the next few months, the past course materials will migrate over to the BarBooks Library online, where they will be integrated and searchable along with all the other BarBooks materials. But until then, members can explore what might be interesting and helpful on the CLE web pages.

Oregon Innocence Project (OIP) Event: “Picking Cotton” Authors: Eyewitness Identification, Wrongful Conviction, and Forgiveness

OIP Event: This is Innocence: May 15, 2015, at Mercy Corp Action Center (Portland).

Guest speaker Jennifer Thompson, a rape victim who wrongly identified her attacker and sent the wrong person to prison. “DNA later freed that man, Ronald Cotton, and the two wrote a book together about the unreliability of eyewitness identification and the beauty in forgiveness called Picking Cotton.

Also speaking will be Rep. Jennifer Williamson from House Dist. 36 and Steve Wax, OIP’s Legal Director

This is a fundraiser for OIP: “The ticket sales go towards supporting the critical work of exonerating the innocent in Oregon’s prisons and training the next generation of public interest lawyers.

More about the event can be found at their website.

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