Intellectual Property and Communications Omnibus Reform Act of 1999

February 7, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Posted in legal digital repositories | Leave a comment

Here is the legislative history of the Intellectual Property and Communications Omnibus Reform Act of 1999
Sponsor: Sen Lott, Trent [MS] (introduced 11/17/1999)      Cosponsors (None)
Related Bills: H.R.1554H.R.3194
Latest Major Action: 11/17/1999 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.
Latest Action: 11/19/1999 See also H.R. 3194.
Note: S. 1948 was incorporated by cross-reference in the conference report to H.R. 3194 [Division B]. H.R. 3194, the FY2000 Consolidated Appropriations bill, became Public Law 106-113 on 11/29/1999 (here is its legislative history index report)



Sponsor introductory remarks on measure. (CR S14708-14726)


Read twice and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.


See also H.R. 3194.

In addition there is this report from the House’s Committee on Commerce .


Pl 106-379

February 7, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Posted in legal digital repositories | Leave a comment

Here is the legislative history of PL 106-379, as obtained from CIS Index.

PPT presentations for cases and statutes

October 12, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Posted in legal digital repositories, PRATT SILS 617 | Leave a comment

Here is an introductory ppt for cases and statutes, and here is the ppt for today’s last class on statutory and case law repositories (Oct. 19, 2011).

Bloomberglaw Pricing (Wall Street Journal article: July 7, 2010)

October 11, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Posted in legal digital repositories | 1 Comment
A flat fee of $450 per attorney per month appears to be the ace in the hole for upstart Bloomberg Law as it takes on established giants LexisNexis and Westlaw in the electronic research market.
Just as Bloomberg built a $6 billion-a-year business by taking a mystifying bundle of financial data and making it indispensable to Wall Street professionals, Bloomberg Law intends to do the same for lawyers now serviced by LexisNexis and Westlaw in the $8 billion-a-year electronic legal research business.
After an early test-marketing effort failed to win fans among law students, the company scrapped the amber-print-on-black-background design familiar to the financial industry readers of Bloomberg news columns and went back to the drawing board.
Although the still-significant $450 subscription fee will likely discourage the student market, corporate law firms rather than all practitioners may find two aspects of the Bloomberg Law service particularly appealing.
First the certainty of the pricing–both Lexis and Westlaw charge based on usage–may offer Bloomberg an edge over its well-entrenched competitors. But another advantage may prove even more valuable to law firms. The speed with which Bloomberg Law updates its docket service is particularly attractive says Lillian Arcuri, Director of Library Services at Chadbourne & Parke.

West(law) Case Law Publishing and Research Structure

September 22, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Posted in legal digital repositories, legal research strategy | 3 Comments

I am attaching a very useful and concise Westlaw reference tool… and its pricing. Enjoy!

Great Resource

August 25, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Posted in law librarianship, legal digital repositories, legal research strategy | Leave a comment

From the introductory email from

Sarah Glassmeyer
Valparaiso University School of Law Library:

This website is sponsored by the Legal Information Institute and Justia and graciously hosted by CALI.  It’s meant to provide alternative resources to the Wexis offerings in a fun way that law students would respond to.  There’s also a librarian section (  that will provide teaching and instructional resources for all librarians that train or instruct law students or lawyers.

Included on the librarian page is a brief (less than 30 seconds to take) survey on how, when and if you teach free law resources.  Please take a moment and fill that out.  It will help us figure out what resources we should be providing.

International Law Powerpoint Presentation

April 24, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Posted in legal digital repositories, PRATT SILS 626, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Today we will talk about what databases you need to know about to be able to locate primary and secondary international law sources.

Worth Monitoring: WORLD BANK GROUP OPENS DATA TO ALL (how reliable and how stable the data remain to be seen)

April 21, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Posted in legal digital repositories, PRATT SILS 626 | 1 Comment

World Development Indicators, Global Development Finance, Africa Development Indicators, and Global Economic Monitor are now free, open, and easy to access at
Recognizing that transparency and accountability are essential to development, the World Bank Group now provides free, open, and easy access to its comprehensive set of data on living standards around the globe—some 2,000 indicators, including hundreds that go back 50 years. The data is available in Arabic, French, and Spanish in addition to English. 

“I believe it’s important to
make the data and knowledge of the World Bank available to everyone,” said World Bank Group President Robert B. Zoellick. “Statistics tell the story of people in developing and emerging countries and can play an important part in helping to overcome poverty. They are now easily accessible on the Web for all users, and can be used to create new apps for development. ”
The open data announcement coincides with the launch of the World Development Indicators (WDI) 2010, the Bank’s popular statistical resource. Apart from giving open access to the WDI, with nearly 1000 indicators, the initiative also opens up the Global Development Finance (GDF), Africa Development Indicators (ADI), Global Economic Monitor (GEM), and indicators from the Doing Business report.
Access to these new resources is available at, a central web site that makes it easier to find, use, and manipulate data. A data catalog lists the available databases. The Bank will continue to add databases in the months ahead. Workshop – Columbia Law School 2/25/10

February 25, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Posted in legal digital repositories | Leave a comment

Carl Malamud from Public.Resource.Org

  • national inventory
  • google scholar and records and briefs project
  • phase II after inventory dealing with assertions of copyright (especially state supreme court opinions)
  • Phase III presenting report to policy makers

Beth Noveck, Deputy Chief Technology Officer

Michael White, Director of Legal Affairs, Office of the Fed. Register

  • ecfr and authentication

Stephen Schultze

  • CITP – and judicial transparency

Discussion about national inventory of primary legal materials:

  • if people complain will take it down without mentioning in the index whether the information exist but is not available or whether it does not exist
  • I was told that it won’t be available through a Google search but through an internal search engine

a Lexis rep: believes that Lexis picks up from where gov leaves it; all they need is access; they do not need metadata

Tim Wu explained altlaw

Enthusiasts (myself included) urged the group to use as the platform to use for entering, accessing and archiving the data

January 29, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Posted in legal digital repositories, PRATT SILS 626 | Leave a comment

An interesting movement to make law easily accessible to the public. Here is a SLS event which took place on 1/12.   

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