Copyright Issues for Artists Discussion & Reception

The UW Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic, in collaboration with Absolutely Art, is sponsoring a discussion on copyright issues for artists on Tuesday, June 28th, from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM.  The discussion will be followed by a reception showcasing five talented local artists.

Featured artists include: Doug Hoffman, Jesy Grose, The Moxie League, Dane Arts Mural Arts & SAIL West Students, Monica Urbanic and Magda Bowen. There will also be a jewelry trunk show featuring Phrannie Lyons.

The Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic is located in the @1403 building at 1403 University Ave, 2nd floor.  Please RSVP on this event page.  Light refreshments and snacks will be served.

Digitize Your Old Photos, Home Movies, Etc. at Madison Public Library

Do you have a collection of analog materials (like home movies, video tapes, audio cassettes) or paper documents (photographs, etc.) that you’d like to digitize but don’t have the equipment to do so?  Then check out the Madison Public Library Central Branch’s new Personal Archiving Lab.

The Personal Archiving Lab supports the following formats:

  • VHS tapes
  • VHS-C tapes
  • DVDs (not BlueRay)
  • Audio cassettes
  • MiniDV tapes
  • Hi-8 tapes
  • Photographs / negatives / slides
  • Paper-based documents

Recent UW Law School Faculty Scholarship

Here is the latest faculty scholarship appearing in the University of Wisconsin Law School Legal Studies Research Papers series found on SSRN.

The University of Wisconsin Law School Legal Studies journal contains abstracts and papers from this institution focused on this area of scholarly research. To access all the papers in this series, please use the following URL:

The Indigo Book – a Free Legal Citation Guide Based on the Bluebook

A free alternative to The Bluebook legal citation guide is now available.  The Indigo Book, formerly called “Baby Blue,” is available online without charge in PDF or HTML.


To make legal citation more accessible, the team behind The Indigo Book, led by Carl Malamud of Public.Resource.Org, separated the widely used system of citation codified in The Bluebook from its particularized expression thus avoiding infringement of that work’s copyright.

The blog, Citing Legally explains:

Working under the guidance of NYU copyright expert, Professor Christopher Sprigman, a team of students spent over a year meticulously separating the “system of citation” reflected in The Bluebook from that manual’s expressive content – its language, examples, and organization.  The Indigo Book is the result . . .

As the work’s forward explains, providing “pro se litigants, prisoners, and others seeking justice but … lack[ing] resources … effective access to the system lawyers use to cite to the law” was, for its creators, an important goal.

New Legal Realism Blog Features Reminiscences by UW Law’s Galanter & Macaulay

New Legal Realism Conversations is a website devoted to the Law-and-Society movement approach to interdisciplinary legal studies:  “We believe that all of the social sciences have a contribution to make to our understanding of law. ”

Since January, the NLRC blog has featured reminiscences by UW Law School Professors Marc Galanter and Stewart Macaulay.  Most recently, Macaulay responds to Galanter’s comments about the University of Chicago Law School in the mid-1950s.

Hat tip to UW Law School Professor Elizabeth Mertz.

Implementation of Mandatory eFiling in Wisconsin

Last month, the Wisconsin Supreme Court approved a
new rule requiring mandatory electronic filing  statewide.  (Wis. Stat. § 801.18)

According to a recent edition of The Third Branch, the quarterly newsletter of the Wisconsin court system, the mandatory eFiling rule takes effect July 1 but will be phased in gradually over the next three years.

Mandatory eFiling will be established first in a small number of pilot counties that already offer voluntary eFiling in civil, family, small claims and paternity cases and then expand in those case types to other counties statewide by the end of 2017. Other case types will be added with a targeted completion date for mandatory eFiling in all case types statewide by Dec. 31, 2019.

The court’s CCAP staff will implement the program with initial help from contractors.

Federal Court to Consider whether PACER Fees are Excessive

From Robert Ambrogi’s Law Sites:

A class action lawsuit filed yesterday in federal court in Washington, D.C., challenges the fees charged by PACER, the federal courts’ online court records system, as excessive. The lawsuit seeks to obtain relief on behalf of “all individuals and entities who have paid fees for the use of PACER within the past six years, excluding class counsel and agencies of the federal government.”

The lawsuit, filed by the Alliance for Justice, the National Veterans Legal Services Program and the National Consumer Law Center, claims that the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts is violating the E-Government Act of 2002, which mandates that the fees to access court records online cannot exceed the amount needed to maintain the system itself.

The lawsuit alleges that the Administrative Office has improperly increased fees to cover other costs such as courtroom audio systems and flat-screen televisions in jury boxes.