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Monthly Archives: December 2011

Reaffirming Tennessee’s Commitment to Open Courtrooms and Judicial Records

Posted in First Amendment
What sort of case is “a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma”?  [Winston Churchill, radio broadcast of October 1939, referring to future Russian actions.]   One involving a child adopted out of Russia and sent back to Moscow on a one-way ticket by an adoptive mother who says she was unable to deal with … Continue Reading

Copyright in the Bible?

Posted in Copyright
It is estimated that portions of the Old Testament were written approximately 3,500 years ago.  Yet, you may be surprised to learn that a number of versions of the Bible, as well as translations of many other ancient texts, are currently protected under US copyright law.  Religious texts have been the subject of a significant … Continue Reading

Transfer of Copyright by Email

Posted in Copyright
Creators of copyrightable works (and their lawyers) tend to think of the transfer of copyright as a solemn and formal event.  This is partly due to custom and partly to the requirement in 17 U.S.C. 204, which states that “[a] transfer of copyright ownership, other than by operation of law, is not valid unless an … Continue Reading

Fifth Anniversary of e-Discovery Rules

Posted in Technology
Today marks the five year anniversary of the electronic discovery amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.  The following are observations of the difficulties that have emerged from these Rules and what litigants can do in response. In the comments to the 2006 amendments, the drafters noted, “Electronic storage systems often make it easier … Continue Reading