Publishers Weekly recently sat down with Professor Robert Spoo to talk about his new book, scheduled to be released in July:
ALA 2013: The Golden Age of Piracy: PW talks with Robert Spoo
Pilfered works, cheated authors, colluding publishers, quixotic lawsuits, and fiery copyright debate – does that story sound familiar?
By Andrew Richard Albanese
June 7, 2013
As a new copyright reform movement gains momentum, and international treaties propose to “normalize” copyright laws globally, it is amazing to see how history does repeat itself.
(Published in the Tulsa World, May 26, 2013)
Tensions between Texas and Oklahoma are a notch higher than the usual football rivalry these days. The cause: water rights and whether Texas should be able to access water from within Oklahoma’s borders.
Last month, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Tarrant Regional Water District v. Rudolf John Herrmann, et al, the Red River Compact case. A decision is expected by the end of June. If the justices side with Tarrant, both Oklahoma and Texas will win. If they side with Oklahoma, both sides – and many other parts of the nation – will lose.
Professor Tamara Piety continues the conversation about the recent Hobby Lobby case in her new blog post featured in The Faculty Lounge.
That the old saying that a corporation has “no body to kick, no soul to damn” may have to be revised. While it still has no body to kick (or, for that matter, to send to jail - BP pleads guilty to manslaughter), recent lawsuits filed on behalf of corporations challenge the ACA on the grounds that its mandatory coverage for contraception and some other post-intercourse medications intended to prevent pregnancy, violates the plaintiffs’ rights to free exercise of their religion under the First Amendment and is in conflict with RFRA (The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, 42 U.S.C. sec. 2000bb et seq.) So perhaps a corporation has a “soul” after all, or at least a religion it wants to exercise. Hobby Lobby is only one of several of these cases.