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Monthly Archives: January 2014

Parody in Oz: a case of Copyright and fair use Posted on Jan 30

Parody in Oz: a case of Copyright and fair use

The first court case establishing the permissibility of parody as “fair use” of copyrighted material was tried in 1903, involving a song from the musical spectacular The Wizard of Oz.   Having had great success with his children’s book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, first published in 1900,   …Continue Reading Parody in Oz: a case of Copyright and fair use

Baby, it’s cold outside Posted on Jan 25

Freezing temperatures and artic blasts can make keeping warm difficult. To find the laws and regulations on heating, check out our webpage “Winter Heating“. There you will find the minimum heat requirements, restrictions on heat shut-offs, and links to heat assistances. Stay warm and think Spring!

That Text Can Wait — Don’t Text and Drive! Posted on Jan 24

Texting while driving is against the law in Massachusetts, and in most states. A driver engages in three types of distracted driving simultaneously while texting. Manual, visual and cognitive distractions mean your hands, eyes and mind are not on the road. The Massachusetts Act Relative to   …Continue Reading That Text Can Wait — Don’t Text and Drive!

New book on mediation in Massachusetts Posted on Jan 17

The first edition of a book entitled Mediation: A Practice Guide for Mediators, Lawyers and Other Professionals was recently released.  This is a comprehensive guide on mediation aimed at practitioners in Massachusetts.  In the preface, the chief author, David A. Hoffman, points out that the use of   …Continue Reading New book on mediation in Massachusetts

Law books, databases, and … audio materials! Posted on Jan 16

In addition to offering access to books and databases, the Trial Court Law Libraries also lend audio materials on a wide variety of legal topics.  Most of the audio materials are recordings of recent Mass. Continuing Legal Education programs.  Below is a sampling of recently   …Continue Reading Law books, databases, and … audio materials!

Mobile Apps for Lawyers Posted on Jan 14

Whether you already have a digitized law practice or are just exploring options, check out ABA Journal’s helpful reviews of “11 must have apps for mobile lawyers.”  The authors are a lawyer from New Orleans who writes the blog iPhone J.D. and a lawyer from Oklahoma   …Continue Reading Mobile Apps for Lawyers

New Titles in Family Law Posted on Jan 13

Have an upcoming Family Law matter? We have great new resources for you! Temporary Orders & Discovery Issues in Family Law Cases (MCLE 2013) Tips from practitioners & pointers by a judge, covers the nuts & bolts of Motion Practice for Temporary Orders (64 exhibit   …Continue Reading New Titles in Family Law

Human Trafficking Guide for Mass. Attorneys Representing Victims Posted on Jan 7

Although many of us may think human trafficking is a problem somewhere else, it is a problem across Massachusetts. Representing Victims of Human Trafficking in Massachusetts, A Guide for Attorneys “is a comprehensive resource that provides an overview of human trafficking in Massachusetts to help   …Continue Reading Human Trafficking Guide for Mass. Attorneys Representing Victims

The Value of Public Libraries Posted on Jan 6

The Pew Research Center recently issued a report called “How Americans Value Public Libraries in Their Communities.”   The report was based on survey results of Americans aged 16 years or older.  Overall Americans value public libraries for “providing access to materials and for promoting literacy and improving the overall quality of   …Continue Reading The Value of Public Libraries

New Light Bulb Law Changes Posted on Jan 4

The federal government’s new lighting standards took effect on January 1st.   To make light bulbs more efficient and reduce the amount of energy needed the recent change requires old style 40 and 60 watt bulbs to be phased out forcing consumers to buy a more efficient   …Continue Reading New Light Bulb Law Changes