Twitter bots for good?

Most of the time when I see the word “bot” I think of Russian trolls influencing the U.S. election. But not this time! USA Today investigative reporter Brad Heath has created an automatic Twitter bot that follows selected U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Courts of Appeal, and Federal District Court cases of note and posts documents from new docket entries to Twitter.

In its documentation, the bot is described as follows:

The bot uses PACER RSS feeds to gather the latest filings from 74 U.S. District Courts and five federal courts of appeals and stores the docket entries in a database. It matches new filings against a preselected list of major cases, scrapes matching documents from PACER, uploads them to a DocumentCloud project and posts the results on Twitter.

You must have a PACER account in order to access the documents – we do! So if you want the latest filing on United States v. AT&T and Time Warner, or any other U.S. court case you’re watching, let us know if we can help. There may be a fee for retrieving documents.

And follow Big Cases on Twitter for up-to-date notification.

h/t to Internet for Lawyers.

 

Manitoba eLaw – New Edition – Business Law Update

The latest edition of Business Law from Manitoba eLaw is now live! Some of the articles in Issue No. 82, March 2018 include:

  • “Something More Than Nothing” Required to Discharge Duty: SCC
  • BLA Does Not Apply to Contracts or Work Related to Hydro Project: MBQB
  • Oppression Remedy Not Suited to Addressing Family Dispute: MBQB
  • Legislative Update
  • Federal Budget 2018
  • Consultation on Modernizing The Builders’ Liens Act: MLRC
  • Consultation Paper on Reviewing AML and ATF Regimes: Department of Finance

 

New book display: Fair Use/Dealings Week

A book display with three books, on two levels of a bookcase. In the middle is a sign that says "New and featured books: Fair Dealings Week". Book titles are in the blog post.In honour of Fair Use/Fair Dealings week, here are some of the resources available in the Great Library:

Print

  • The Annotated Copyright Act by Normand Tamaro (Thomson Reuters, 2017)
  • Intellectual Property Litigation : Forms and Precedents by Paul V. Lomic (LexisNexis, 2016)
  • Intellectual Property Journal (Vol. 1-28, 1984-2016)

E-Books

*You must be signed in to the Law Society of Manitoba’s Member’s Portal before you are able to view these e-resources. If you are outside of Manitoba, please get in touch with your respective Law Society Library.

Articles & Websites
The following resources are freely available online for anyone to view:

  • Fair Dealing Canada – Resource hub for fair dealing in Canada
  • Michael Geist‘s website
  • Howard Knopf’s website, “Excess Copyright”
  • Here Come The Copyright Bots For Hire, With Lawyers In Tow by Steven Mendelez
    • “Anyone can now find infringers, send take-down requests, and quickly demand thousands in damages. Can the trolls be far behind?”
  • The Saga of Canada’s “Making Available Right” in Three Acts by Cameron Hutchison
    • “Enter our protagonist – the “making available right” [MAR] – which effectively identifies the point of upload as the situs of infringement, thus promising to remedy this situation. The uploader is the one who perpetrates infringement and this entity is now deterred from doing this for fear of being sued. […] it matters not whether the work uploaded is ultimately streamed or copied – we have “our man” and we do not need to worry about those downstream parties.”
  • Slaw also has an entire category dedicated to Intellectual Property

Manitoba eLaw – New Edition – Criminal Law

The February 2018 edition, Update No. 86, has just been released.

In This Issue

  • Indeterminate Sentences Constitutional: SCC
  • Ensuring Juries are Properly Instructed: MBCA
  • Photo Lineup Identification Evidence: MBCA
  • Role of Exceptional Circumstances in Sentencing “Limited and Rare”: MBCA
  • 45 Months’ Delay Unreasonable: MBQB
  • Recent Sentencing Decisions
  • Provincial Court Notice and Form
  • Recommended Reading
  • Criminal Justice Conference: CBA

Manitoba Legal News Round-up

The Manitoba Law Reform Commission is looking for feedback on two consultation reports:

  1. The Builders’ Liens Act: A Modernized Approach; and
  2. The Expropriation Act of Manitoba. 

The Law Society of Manitoba has published its Mission and Values  and its Strategic Plan 2017-2020 on their website.

All of Manitoba’s online systems will be unavailable from 5:00 p.m. February 16 to 8:00 a.m. February 20 in order to upgrade the site. This will include Manitoba Courts, Manitoba Laws and the Legislative Assembly.

The Great Library will be closed on Monday, February 19 for  Louis Riel Day. Lawyers may access the library between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. by signing in at the security desk.