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  1. Cyber Law Research Faye Jones, Director of the Law Library & Professor Spring 2007 Reference Desk: 644-4095 Evening Service: The Hotline (Red Phone) at Reference

  2. Legal Research: What you want to do controls what you need to do • Current awareness • BNA services • Pike & Fischer Internet Law & Regulation • Forrester Research • Newspapers & Magazines • Blogs • ULWR • Choosing a topic • Preemption check • Ensure completeness • Practice • Keep up with the law • Relevant cases, statutes & regulations • Pending and potential changes • Transactional Practice • Subject-specific Materials • Drafting Patent License Agreements • Litigation Practice • Preparing for trial, finding expert witnesses, collections

  3. Tools for Current Awareness & Research I • Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) Services • Internet Law News – free registration • BNA services – Ask Mark Evans for access • Pike & Fischer Internet Law & Regulation • Also in print in the Library atKF2763.4 .I58 • Forrester Research – Ask Jon Lutz for an account • Bar Associations • ABA, IPL, SciTech • Florida Bar Business Law Section • American Intellectual Property Law Association

  4. Tools for Current Awareness & Research II • National newspapers in print or online • NYT, WSJ, LA Times, Washington Post • Trade outlets and groups • Variety, MPAA, RIAA • Advocacy Groups • EFF, EPIC • Technology or eCommerce resources in print or online • Wired, TWIT.TV, eWeek

  5. Tools for Current Awareness & Research III • News releases from law firms, institutes and think tanks • Duane Morris, Eric Sinrod, Martin Samson • Berkman Institute, IP Mall, BCLT, Stanford CIS • Internet sites and Blogs • LC CyberBlog, Dennis Kennedy, Tech Law Prof • Question the authority of material found on the Internet. Check accuracy, currency and credibility! • N.B. These three slides include selected resources which can give a researcher a good start. Many more helpful resources are available in the Library and other sources. Ask a reference librarian for help!

  6. More Resources • U.S. Government Agencies • DOJ, Commerce, FCC, NITA, PTO, Library of Congress • BeSpacific • ITAA, Information Technology Assn. of America • ISOC, the Internet Society • Resources from FSU’s Strozier Library • FSU Computer Science journals • Especially, the ACM Digital Library • JSTOR • Dissertations and Theses • E-books available by searching ALEPH

  7. ULWR: Topic Choice & Preemption Check • Choose a topic • Review current awareness tools for hot topics in cyberlaw • Search Lexis most current two years of news stories on cyberlaw • Do a Preemption Check • 1. Search Lexis full-text law reviews and Westlaw full-text law reviews • Search both as they include different journals & varying coverage periods • 2. Search Legal Resource Index on Lexis (Lawrev: Lglind) or Westlaw (LRI) or LegalTrac Internet database • 3. Search the past two months of Current Index to Legal Periodicals on Westlaw (CILP) • Browse the most current issues or select “edit search” to search all available issues • 4. Search the SSRN database • Use on campus or through the FSU domain does not require a user ID or password • 5. Browse SSJ: Tables of Contents Service of Selected Scholarly Journals from the FSU Law Library

  8. ULWR: Read, Analyze & Draft a Thesis • Read and analyze what you’ve found • Draft a thesis statement • Writing at the edges • What happens when you find that too much or too little has been written on your topic? • Talk with your professor early about challenges

  9. ULWR: In-Depth Research • Find major legal sources on your topic • ALEPH and Aleph Research Guide • Epstein on Intellectual Property; McCarthy on Trademarks; Nimmer on Copyright; Scott on InformationTechnology Law • Ian Ballon, E-commerce and Internet Law: treatise with forms, Reserve KF390.5 C6 B35 & online updates • Find technical resources on your topic • Scientific journal articles • Google Scholar • Find books on your topic • Google Book Project • Consult experts on your topic • Personal contacts and telephone research are legitimate research techniques

  10. In Practice • General • Keep up with the law – current awareness tools • Bar publications • ABA – look at the Section home pages • Florida Bar • JurisNotes.com • Transactional • Use subject-specific resources with forms or drafting advice • Litigation • Use major treatises, formbooks and specialized resources to • Prepare for trial • Determine request for damage award • Collect attorney’s fees • Use the Internet to find expert witnesses • Google Scholar, University faculty Vitas on home pages

  11. Other Cyber Law Research Guides • Georgetown Law School • Harvard Berkman Center • Suffolk University Law School • University of Arizona • Rutgers University • 4 law.co.il • Cyberspace Law & Policy Centre • RSS Feeds for Legal Topics