Category Archives: Books

The Indigo Book – a Free Legal Citation Guide Based on the Bluebook

A free alternative to The Bluebook legal citation guide is now available.  The Indigo Book, formerly called “Baby Blue,” is available online without charge in PDF or HTML.

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To make legal citation more accessible, the team behind The Indigo Book, led by Carl Malamud of Public.Resource.Org, separated the widely used system of citation codified in The Bluebook from its particularized expression thus avoiding infringement of that work’s copyright.

The blog, Citing Legally explains:

Working under the guidance of NYU copyright expert, Professor Christopher Sprigman, a team of students spent over a year meticulously separating the “system of citation” reflected in The Bluebook from that manual’s expressive content – its language, examples, and organization.  The Indigo Book is the result . . .

As the work’s forward explains, providing “pro se litigants, prisoners, and others seeking justice but … lack[ing] resources … effective access to the system lawyers use to cite to the law” was, for its creators, an important goal.

Article: High Court Won’t Hear Copyright Challenge to Google Books

According to the Wall Street Journal Law Blog, the Supreme Court has denied cert to Authors Guild, et al. v. Google, Inc., in which the Authors Guild and individual writers argued that Google engaged in copyright infringement “on an epic scale” by digitizing, indexing, and displaying snippets of print books in internet search results.

From the article:

The last major development came in October when a federal appeals court in New York ruled for Google….

The dispute involves the boundaries of “fair use,” the legal doctrine that permits unauthorized copying in certain, limited circumstances. The Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals concluded in October that Google’s scanning millions of copyrighted books wasn’t infringement because what the company makes viewable online is so limited.

New Publication: Lawyers Who Shaped Dane County: The History of the Practice of Law in the Madison Area

The Dane County Bar Association has announced publication of its book, “Lawyers Who Shaped Dane County: The History of the Practice of Law in the Madison Area.”
From the DCBA website:

This 140 page hardcover book sketches the development of Dane County and the significant changes in the practice of law here, from Madison’s first lawyers in the mid-1800s all the way to the mid-1980s. The book profiles the lawyers who became leaders in legal practice and in the community, leaving their imprint on our area and their names on streets, parks and buildings.

The book is available for $39.95 with a 20% discount to Bar Association members who buy through the DCBA. It will also be available at the UW Law Library.

Foundations in Wisconsin Online

From Bev Butula’s Wisconsin Law Journal blog:

The Milwaukee Public Library announced today that they now provide an online version of “Foundations in Wisconsin.” Many attorneys who work with nonprofits are very familiar with this directory published by Marquette University. Information available includes details on officers and directors of the foundation, number and amounts of grants, application information, limitations, and the purpose of the foundation. The database is only available at City of Milwaukee Libraries, there is no remote access.
However, firms can also obtain an online version directly from Marquette University’s Funding Information Center. Their website clearly lists pricing for the online or standard print version. The Funding Information Center also provides some additional resources that may be useful. The Center’s staff has compiled some great research guides that may be of assistance when conducting this type of research.

There are lots of other databases available from the Milwaukee Public Library, many of which may be accessed remotely with a library card.

Dickens & the Bookaneers: 19th Century Copyright Law

NPR has a very interesting interview with Matthew Pearl, author of The Last Dickens.
The story centers around the 19th century U.S. copyright laws which did not protect foreign authors, such as Charles Dickens. As a result, literary thieves called “bookaneers” would wait at the docks for new manuscripts to arrive from overseas, “ready to pilfer whatever they could get their hands on.” (read more at the Bookreporter.com)