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May 23, 2013

Judge Rules that Used Digital Items Cannot be Resold by Consumers

The Christian Science Monitor reports that ReDigi, a start-up based in Massachusetts which allows users to resell digital music on their site, was told by a federal judge that producer's rights are violated by such a practice.


According to the law, e-books are considered an original version of the author's work. If you've already bought a version and then sell it to someone else, you're making an illegal copy of the original work (the text you downloaded).

By contrast, according to the law, if you sell a used print book to your friend, you're not making another copy of it, so you're not going against the author's copyright.

ReDigi plans to appeal the decision.

New Issue of The Gargoyle Features Women in Law

The UW Law School has recently published an outstanding new issue of The Gargoyle, our alumni magazine. A very attractive online edition of the magazine is available on the Law School website.

The feature article in this current issue is about Women in Law. It highlights the careers of six UW Law School alumnae, including Senator Tammy Baldwin, Belle Case La Follette, Vel Phillips, Marygold Melli, Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson, and Dean Margaret Raymond.

An interactive timeline featuring the achievements of Wisconsin's Women in Law is also available. It includes numerous interesting photos and videos.

Note that a complete, searchable archive of The Gargoyle is available on the Law School's website.

Congress.gov to Replace THOMAS

Congress.gov is a beta site by the Library of Congress that contains U.S. legislative information. It will eventually replace THOMAS.gov.

At this point, the beta Congress.gov contains legislation from the 107th Congress (2001) to the present, member profiles from the 93rd Congress (1973) to the present, and some member profiles from the 80th through the 92nd Congresses (1947 to 1972).

For more information, see the comparison of coverage currently available via Congress.gov and THOMAS.gov.