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Friday, May 18, 2007

Books Now Never Go Out of Print

Tekjansenposter2 This is news to me, but apparently, before there was the internet, people got information from things called books.  I gather they are like those other outmoded, non-interactive technologies, television and radio, only more boring.

Except, of course, for Stephen Colbert's Alpha Squad 7: Lady Nocturne, A Tek Jansen Adventure.  At left you can see one of many proposed covers for this epic, which for some reason has yet to find its publisher.  Buck up, Stephen, James Joyce had a hard time too! 

Anyhew, according to the New York Times, book contracts used to have a standard term that provided protection to authors should the book go out-of-print.  Under the old standard-form contract, when a book went out-of-print, the author had the right to request a return of rights in the book so that the author could try to interest a different publisher in a new edition.  A book was deemed out-of-print if either: it was no longer available in either hardback or paperback, or if annual sales fell below a certain threshold.

That is no longer the case.  Print-on-demand technology means that books now never go out of print and at least some publishers are therefore less willing to relinquish rights than they used to be.

[Jeremy Telman]

May 18, 2007 in In the News, True Contracts | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Meanwhile, on the UNCITRAL Front

The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia succeeded to the U.N. Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) last November, effective retroactively to November 17, 1991, bringing the number of Contracting States to 70.

Paraguay and the Russian Federation signed on to the U.N. Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts in March and April 2007, respectively, becoming the 9th and 10th signatories.  However, because none of the signatories has yet ratified or acceded to this Convention, it is not yet in force anywhere.

[Keith A. Rowley]

May 16, 2007 in Legislation | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

... And Another Dean-Designate

With all due apologies for not mentioning it sooner (pesky exams), Robert Rasmussen (Vanderbilt) was named earlier this month as the new dean of the University of Southern California's Gould School of Law.  Here's a link to USC's announcement.

Congratulations, Bob!

[Keith A. Rowley]

May 16, 2007 in Contract Profs | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

A Dean-Designate Among Us

Congratulations to our colleague Blake Morant (Washington & Lee), who was named yesterday as the new dean of the Wake Forest University School of Law.  Here's a link to the Wake Forest press release.

Kudos, Blake.  Well deserved!

[Keith A. Rowley]

May 16, 2007 in Contract Profs | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Limerick of the Week


This case may be so well known as to need no introduction, but if people are in the market for visual aids, at left are public domain images of the Surrey Music Hall and Gardens, the former of which was the music hall that burnt down in Taylor v. Caldwell.

Since neither this nor the coronation cases are included in the casebook that I use, and since I am usually way behind by the time I get to this subject matter, this is a portion of the course that I teach entirely through Limericks. 

Surrey_gardensTaylor v. Caldwell

  • Taylor rented a hall like the Met's
    For the purpose of concerts and fetes
    When fire the hall downed,
    The court wisely found
    A way to excuse Taylor's debts.

[Jeremy Telman]

May 15, 2007 in Famous Cases, Limericks, Teaching | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (1)

Monday, May 14, 2007

Iowa, Kansas, and (Almost) Florida ... Oh, My!

Iowa Governor Chet Culver signed SF 535 on April 4 and Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius signed SB 183 on April 9, bringing to 27 the number of states that have enacted Revised Article 1.  Additionally, both chambers of the Florida legislature have passed SB 252.  However, due to a flurry of end-of-session activity, SB 252 hasn't yet made it to Governor Charlie Crist's desk.

Iowa SF 535, Kansas SB 183, and Florida SB 252 each reject uniform R1-301 in favor of a choice-of-law provision that tracks pre-revised 1-105 and adopt uniform R1-201(b)(20)'s unitary good faith standard.

[Keith A. Rowley]

May 14, 2007 in Legislation | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)