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As reported on the front page of today’s Ottawa Citizen, the federal government has launched its own internal version of Wikipedia to which all federal public servants will be able to contribute: “At the annual Government in Technology (GTEC) conference, taking place at the Westin Hotel...
Yesterday’s New York Times article Copyright Challenge for Sites that Excerpt by Brian Stelter explores the boundaries as to what is acceptable with regard to excerpting from news stories by other websites, and what is causing news publishers to become uncomfortable. When is it acceptable to...
A court in Kentucky has (ex parte) made an in rem judgment ordering the seizure of 141 domain names because, the court determined, they are “gambling devices” or “gambling records” under Kentucky legislation. Domain names, said the court, “are virtual keys for entering...
The U.S. Mission to Canada is pretty hip, serving up content the way you want it: podcast facebook twitter (@usembassyottawa) news feeds (RSS) Ambassador David Wilkins also apparently held “web chats”, the most recent his farewell chat held on December 11th (transcript here). I wonder...
One of the satisfying moments that recurred regularly in Star Trek, the Next Generation, was Captain Jean-Luc Picard's simple executive gesture and the words, "Make it so." A lot of magic thinking was bound up with that. The United States Supreme Court, however, has recently told...
What constitutes alumni at a law firm? Does your firm have a program? Is it inclusive or exclusive? Should your firm develop an alumni program? This is one of the few area’s in the practice of law where when asked “what are other firms doing” there is very little consistency. Some firms offer use...
The issue of corporate or government employers asking for social media login ID's and passwords for job seekers has reared its head again. See this CBC article entitled U.S. job seekers get asked for Facebook passwords. And see this article I wrote a year ago on the subject. This is wrong on...
Machine-Assisted Review Let’s start with a very hot if not very sexy topic. You may have heard of new technology called predictive coding or technology-assisted review. Recently, we’ve seen the phrase “machine-assisted” review a lot. They are all the same thing. A rose is a rose is a rose, but we...
Earlier this month, I published an article in the Montreal Gazette regarding my departure from private practice (at Norton Rose Canada) and my move to an in-house counsel position and the legal ramifications involved therewith. This post is an abridged (inproved?) version of the full article, which...
Here are the three most-consulted English-language cases on CanLII for the week of March 14 – 20. ♨ 1. Romspen Investment Corp. v. 6176666 Canada Ltée. 2012 ONSC 1727  I suppose that on a sunny, unusually warm, mid-March day one should be mellow and accept, without complaint, the...