Practising Law Institute (PLI) has announced the release of a new edition title, Copyright Law: A Practitioner’s Guide (2nd Edition).
What is legally protected under U.S. copyright law has become much more complex in today’s digital arena. The increase of communication through social media and other digital venues raises issues that did not exist a decade or two ago. Copyright Law: A Practitioner’s Guide, now in a new second edition, clarifies the current status of U.S. copyright law by explaining the major federal copyright legislation and related court rulings. It gives you the legal knowledge you need to protect your clients’ copyright interests in both the real world and the virtual world of cyberspace.
Written by two nationally recognized lawyers who have litigated major copyright cases in today’s digital age, Copyright Law, Second Edition helps you to:
• understand the scope of copyright owners’ exclusive rights
• prove copyright infringement and obtain appropriate remedies
• renew, restore, and recapture copyrights
• know when Internet-related activities constitute copyright infringement
• find out who owns a work for clearance purposes
• exploit unique defenses and statutory safe harbors that exist in the digital environment
• get insurance against litigation risks arising from possible infringing uses, and
• know when and how to register copyrights with the Copyright Office.
The new second edition of Copyright Law has been completely updated and expanded to reflect the most recent cases and changes in copyright law, and now includes two new chapters dedicated to criminal and international copyright law. In addition, new sections have been added that discuss:
• The Supreme Court’s June 2014 decision in American Broadcasting Cos. v. Aereo and its interpretation of the public performance right
• The Supreme Court’s recent decision in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley and Sons and its impact on the first sale doctrine
• The relevance of “volitional conduct” as a prerequisite to direct liability
• Orphan works
• Copyright class actions
• “Space shifting” and “place shifting” as potential fair uses
• Pleading copyright claims after Twombly and Iqbal
Copyright Law, Second Edition is filled with valuable case discussions and practice pointers, such as the inclusion of a detailed flowchart using an actual case result to illustrate how actual damages and profits are calculated.
If you’d like to order Copyright Law: A Practitioner’s Guide (2nd Edition), please email the PLI Library Help Desk or call 877-900-5291
Practising Law Institute (PLI) has announced the release of their newest Treatise title, Insurance and Investment Management M&A Deskbook.
An evolving regulatory landscape and changing economic conditions continue to affect business organization and capital requirements in the global insurance industry, leading to new participants, new transactions, and new challenges. PLI’s new Insurance and Investment Management M&A Deskbook provides attorneys with an essential reference to keep up with emerging trends in insurance and investment management M&A.
The Deskbook covers topics such as acquisitions of public insurance companies, blocks of insurance business and private acquisitions; the regulatory environment of the insurance industry and the financial services industry; investment in the insurance industry by private equity and pension funds; and the expansion of insurance industry participants into emerging markets around the globe. The Deskbook also provides specific guidance for understanding Lloyd’s of London and the M&A market for mutual life insurers.
PLI was pleased to exhibit at the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Annual Meeting. This year’s meeting was in Washington, DC, where attendees and exhibitors alike enjoyed weather that was downright balmy compared to the blizzard that raged during the conference last year. Many thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth! We really enjoyed meeting everyone and hearing about your experiences with PLI and PLI Discover PLUS.
We raffled a Brookstone Pocket Projector and I’m pleased to announce that Professor Norman Garland of Southwestern Law School was the lucky winner. Congratulations, Professor Garland! We hope you find the mobile projector a welcome addition to your teaching tool bag.
Read on to learn more about Professor Garland, his thoughts on PLI and on the AALS Annual Meeting, and how he plans on using the pocket projector he won in the raffle:
Describe your role at Southwestern Law School. What do you teach?
I am a professor. I teach evidence, constitutional criminal procedure and sometimes trial advocacy and advanced criminal procedure (bail to jail). I am an avid user of technology in the classroom and out. One of my latest activities is to teach evidence as a blended (or hybrid) course, meaning partially on-line and based on flipping the classroom. I have done that 4 times and now am in the process of developing a similar class for constitutional criminal procedure.
What are your plans for the pocket projector?
All of our classrooms are equipped with the latest technological equipment, but I look forward to using the projector for travel, at meetings and conferences, and perhaps in tighter rooms in the law school. Other than that, personal use might include projecting films and such when travelling, especially in hotel rooms.
What did you think of this year’s AALS meeting? Please share one takeaway from the conference.
As usual, I did enjoy the AALS meeting this year. I love DC. I lived in DC for four years back in the day (1964-68). I have been attending AALS meetings since 1968 (having missed only a year or two here and there). This is the first time I have won anything from any of the booths, so that is a major highlight. Also, I was sitting in the hallway waiting for a friend after a session and Justice Scalia walked by. I did not recognize him quickly enough to greet him before he ambled by and, by then, his security team surrounded him so I would have not been able to approach him anyway. Unfortunately, I did not attend the session he was participating in, but I heard he was quite entertaining as usual.
Our latest edition of the Library Ledger is now available on the blog! Read up on PLI Discover PLUS news with this most current edition which provides you with updates on the new titles on Discover PLUS; utilizing your ‘Viewing History’ on Discover PLUS; search tips on locating archived titles; and a letter from PLI’s Library Relations Manager Katie Hut. Read all of our newsletters on the Library Ledger page.
New Treatise! Technology Transactions: A Practical Guide to Drafting and Negotiating Commercial Agreements
Practising Law Institute (PLI) has announced the release of their newest Treatise title, TechnologyTransactions: A Practical Guide to Drafting and Negotiating Commercial Agreements.
In a world that is increasingly focused on technological innovation, Technology Transactions: A Practical Guide to Drafting and Negotiating Commercial Agreements provides the reader with the tools necessary to draft, review and negotiate technology transaction agreements with the confidence that he or she is properly addressing the most important issues.
This comprehensive title walks the reader through the major legal considerations that surround any technology transaction, including knowledge of the:
- Intellectual property basics
- Regulatory framework of the Internet and domain name system
- Digital Millennium Copyright Act
Technology Transactions also provides a complete discussion of the many privacy considerations that must be kept in mind in an agreement to leverage any emerging technology. Considerations under the following statutes are discussed:
- The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act
- The Childrens Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA) as well as the many protections that are afforded to international data transfers
The first eight chapters of Technology Transactions discuss specific types of commercial agreements often used in technology transactions, including:
- Software license agreements
- Software development agreements
- Reseller agreements
- Cloud computing agreements
- Domain name transactions
- Technology licensing and IP-centric joint ventures
- Technology escrow agreements
- Non-disclosure agreements
Technology Transactions provides practical examples, including nine form agreements, as well as practice tips on how to avoid common and uncommon legal traps for the unwary.
If you’d like to order Technology Transactions: A Practical Guide to Drafting and Negotiating Commercial Agreements, please email the PLI Library Help Desk or call 877-900-5291.
Listed below are the PLI Course Handbooks published in January 2015:
Corporate and Securities:
- Hedge Fund Compliance & Regulatory Challenges 2015
- Mergers & Acquisitions 2015: Trends and Developments
- Secured Transactions 2015: What Lawyers Need to Know About UCC Article 9
- Understanding Financial Products 2015
- Defending Privacy and Behavioral Advertising Class Action Suits 2015
- Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement 2015
Practising Law Institute (PLI) has announced the release of their newest Treatise title, Life at the Center: Reflections on Fifty Years of Securities Regulation.
Roberta S. Karmel has been at the center of U.S. securities regulation throughout her distinguished career as a Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) Commissioner, a practitioner, an attorney in the enforcement division of the SEC New York Regional Office, a public director of the New York Stock Exchange, and a prominent academic who has taught in the U.S. and abroad.
In PLI’s new book, Life at the Center: Reflections on Fifty Years of Securities Regulation, Professor Karmel addresses the key regulatory issues confronting the SEC over the past fifty years. The book is a compilation, with current commentary, of 190 New York Law Journal columns she wrote between 1982 and 2014, and excerpts from law review articles on related topics. She has written a current introduction for each chapter and provided context for the choice of each law review article excerpt.
Life at the Center is an invaluable guide to understanding the issues faced by the SEC, the choices available to it, and the actions taken, as well as its relationships with other regulatory agencies. It brings the unique perspective of a distinguished scholar, author, and participant in SEC regulatory issues.
According to Professor Karmel, many of the securities regulation controversies discussed in Life at the Center have not been resolved, or, if resolved temporarily, have resurfaced in a new form.
In the introductory first chapter, Professor Karmel, the first female Commissioner of the SEC, discusses her career and her early writings at the SEC. She then provides an overview of the SEC’s jurisdiction and programs, increased enforcement authority, pre-emption and regulatory competition.
The following chapters each focus on a specific regulatory subject:
- Corporate Governance
- Regulation of Financial Institutions
- Corporation Finance Policies
- International Securities Regulation
- Market Structure and Regulation
- Insider Trading, Short-Swing Profits and Tender Offers
In addition, Professor Karmel includes a chapter compiling her commentary on Supreme Court cases.
Drawing on her wealth of experience and insightful observations, Professor Karmel, in the final chapter of Life at the Center, points to the future and provides ten principles on how to improve financial regulation in the United States.
Life at the Center: Reflections on Fifty Years of Securities Regulation is an invaluable commentary on ongoing securities regulation in the United States.
If you’d like to order Life at the Center: Reflections on Fifty Years of Securities Regulation, please email the PLI Library Help Desk or call 877-900-5291.
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Listed below are the PLI Course Handbooks published in December 2014:
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- Annual Disclosure Documents 2014
- Directors’ Institute on Corporate Governance (Twelfth Annual)
- New Developments in Securitization 2014
- Environmental Regulation 2014: Hot Topics, Regulatory Developments, and Practical Guidance for Corporate Compliance
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