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Treatise on Westlaw and Other News

By William Patry

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Some may have wondered when I would start posting on the treatise. Many things have been going on. First, I spent two months re proof-reading the entire treatise. This was triggered by discovering a few rather glaring errors. For example, in chapter 5 (ownership) an unexplained glitch caused the word "stand" to be deleted in the entire chapter, as in "standing" which became "ing;" "standard," which became "ard;" "nowithstanding," which became "notwithing," etc. Other chapters had lesser issues but still annoying ones. Chapter 10 on fair use frequently spelled fair use as fair-use as in a "fair-use claim." This at least was deliberate, although I think wrong. In many chapters, a coding glitch caused indented quotes to run into text and vice versa. So, I spent two months painstakingly reading the entire book again. The result is that at my insistence, West is providing for free a special supplement in March that makes all the errors I found. (Chapters 5 and 10 will be replaced in their entirely).

Now that that process is over I am beginning to work on the first update, due out in July. As I work through that I will post issues as they are relevant to particular chapters. I have also been working hard - and making good progress - toward putting the treatise on Google Book Search. It is not certain that it will be on, and as a legal treatise that is updated twice a year it poses special problems, but it is a possibility. If it does get on Google Book Search, there is a nifty new tool Google developed that will make it directly accessible from this blog and from The Patry Copyright Blog. I have also been making good progress about getting the legislative history of the 1976 Act scanned and freely available on line- the entire history from 1955 on, including all of the 1950s Copyright Office studies and roundtable discussions, all Copyright Office reports, all Congressional reports, all Congressional hearing transcripts, and floor statements. I have already assembled the materials myself in hard copy. Once scanned and online, this too would be directly accessible from this blog or my other one.

Combined with Westlaw, this will make the treatise more widely available as a research tool, and that is the next news. The treatise is now on Westlaw. I didn't know it was until Louis Bonham emailed me today. Even then, I couldn't find it. The file name is "PATRYCOPY." I have asked that it be placed intuitively in West's directories, but I am not holding my breath. In the meantime, there are a number of ways to find it. Here are four:

Topical Materials by Area of Practice

Intellectual Property

Forms, Treatises, CLEs and Other Practice Material

Patry on Copyright (PATRYCOPY)

Forms, Treatises, CLEs and Other Practice Material

Texts & Treatises in TEXTS & TP-ALL

Patry on Copyright (PATRYCOPY)

Westlaw PRO and Westlaw Libraries

Westlaw PRO Topical Products

Intellectual Property

All Intellectual Property Analytical Library

Patry on Copyright (PATRYCOPY)

Westlaw PRO and Westlaw Libraries

Westlaw PRO Analytical Products, Forms & Libraries

Topical Analytical Products

Intellectual Property

All Intellectual Property Analytical Library

Patry on Copyright (PATRYCOPY)



Full post as published by The Patry Treatise Blog on February 20, 2007 (boomark / email).

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