Month: September 2014

Book Review – Cyberlibel: Information Warfare in the 21st Century?

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By Alan Kilpatrick

cyberlibelCyberlibel : Information Warfare in the 21st Century?
By David Potts
Irwin Law, 2011
552 pp.

 

What are your options if you have suffered online defamation?  Have defamation laws changed since the emergence of the online world?  Check out this exciting eBook from Irwin Law.  Irwin Law describes the ebook on its website,

Cyberlibel: Information Warfare in the 21st Century? by David A. Potts brings years of research and experience in libel and slander law into focus on how individuals and organizations can gain the upper hand in safeguarding – or restoring – their reputation once it’s assaulted on the Internet.

The book examines caselaw from all common law jurisdictions including Canada, the US, the UK, and Australia and provides practical strategies that can be used in defamation actions related to the Internet.

Cyberlibel: Information Warfare in the 21st Century? Includes the following topics in Canadian and international defamation law:

  • What makes cyberlibel issues unique from a legal perspective
  • How to remove a defamatory publication from the Internet
  • Defences available for those sued for cyberlibel
  • Whether rules of conduct apply to bloggers and Facebook users
  • What constitutes invasion of privacy and injurious falsehood online
  • The liability of search engines and other third parties
  • Emerging case-law defining cyberlibel

This book represents a vital reputation-management tool for organizations of all kinds – from corporations and professional associations to government agencies and not-for-profits.

This item is conveniently available as an eBook through the Members’ section.  It is also available in print at KF 1266.P86 2011.  

 

In the Legal Sourcery book review, new, thought-provoking, and notable library resources are reviewed. If you would like to read any of the resources reviewed, please contact our library at reference@lawsociety.sk.ca or (306) 569-8020. Let us know if there is a book you would like reviewed.

 

Sign Up! CBA Legal Research Section

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

The first CBA Legal Research Section lunch is coming up fast – October 14. This is the first year CBA Saskatchewan has offered a legal research section and we’d love to see a great turnout. Lunches will be held in both Regina and Saskatoon on the second Tuesday of each month, and the first speakers are:

  • Regina – Melanie Hodges Neufeld (Director of Legal Resources, Law Society of Saskatchewan):Understanding Information Literacy – And Convincing a New Generation of Lawyers They Might Need Legal Research Training
  • Saskatoon – Marilyn Lustig-McEwen (Queen’s Printer, Government of Saskatchewan): The Challenges of Legislative Publishing

This Section supports the professional development of lawyers who conduct legal research and wish to maintain and hone their research skills. The section is relevant to those who practice in the private and public bar; legal counsel to courts, tribunals, law reform and other legal institutes; legal educators; legislative drafters; and law librarians. Members are kept up-to-date on rapidly developing research methodologies and sources of law. Session topics include research resources and processes, and substantive legal topics.

The new CBA Section Registration & Program Handbook was circulated with the summer issue of BARNOTES. Please complete and submit the Sections Registration Form enclosed with your copy of BARNOTES or register online. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

HeinOnline Available to our Members

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

For the last few years, we have subscribed to HeinOnline, which contains full text of over 700 legal periodicals from the United States, Canada and the Commonwealth. These include popular journals such as the Saskatchewan Law Review! It is available, along with other numerous online resources, in the Members’ Section of our website.

HeinOnline has experienced considerable growth in the last year. They have added more than 13 million pages of content to their database, bringing their total number of pages to more than 100 million. New content includes:

  • More than 125 new journals added to the Law Journal library
  • More than 1,000 titles added to the Legal Classics library
  • More than 100 titles added to the World Trials library

HeinOnline also has a new Help & Training website to provide you with more assistance. Please, check it out!

 

 

Saskatchewan Library Week – Libraries Inspire!

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By Alan Kilpatrick

Saskatchewan Library Week will be celebrated this year from October 19 to 25.  The theme is Libraries Inspire.  We look forward to celebrating the event at the Law Society of Saskatchewan Library.  It is an exciting opportunity to spread awareness on the value of libraries and literacy in the province.

Saskatchewan Library Week has a vibrant and storied history.  The patron of the first library week in 1976 was famous Saskatchewan lawyer John Diefenbaker.  The Saskatchewan Library Association describes the annual event on its website,

Saskatchewan Library Week is a province-wide, annual event, which promotes the wonderful resources and services that libraries have to offer. Saskatchewan Library Week is celebrated throughout Saskatchewan in all types of libraries, in both urban and rural communities and by all age groups. The Saskatchewan Library Association has proudly presented this weeklong celebration since 1976.

To celebrate Saskatchewan Library Week this year, a book spine poetry contest will be held across the entire province.  The Law Society of Saskatchewan Library will be eagerly participating in this contest.  We challenge all of our members to also participate!  Please see the contest details below.

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Noting Up Cases – Part 1/3 (Tip of the Week)

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By Alan Kilpatrick

Over the next several weeks, we will highlight three different ways to note up a case.  Noting up is an essential legal research skill.  It will allow you to locate other decisions that have followed, not followed, or considered a particular case.  Noting up will enable you to determine whether a case is still good law or whether it has been overruled or criticized.

Three excellent resources can be used to note up a case.  They are the Saskatchewan Cases Search, CanLII, and the Canada Cases Citations.  This week, we will use the Saskatchewan Cases Search.  The Saskatchewan Cases Search is a searchable legal database created by the Law Society of Saskatchewan Library in 1999.  It is meticulously maintained by library staff and is the best resource to note up Saskatchewan case law.

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