Thursday, August 8, 2013
What's the difference between an accurate treatise on an area of law and a treatise that becomes the definitive source in its area? It may well be the writing, as Attorney Corey Field suggests in "Melville Nimmer the Writer: A Review of the 1963 First Edition of 'Nimmer on Copyright' on the Occasion of the Fiftieth Anniversary of its Publication".
As Field explains, "2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of the leading treatise on copyright law, 'Nimmer on Copyright.' In honor of the 50th Anniversary, The Journal of The Copyright Society of the U.S.A. published a commemorative issue with essays marking the anniversary. This essay looks at the original 1963 First Edition of 'Nimmer on Copyright,' and reviews it not based on changes in copyright law in the period 1963 to 2013, but as an examination of the legal writing style of Melville Nimmer, the original author of the treatise. The approach of the paper is to examine how the writing style itself, in addition to the research and scholarship, established 'Nimmer on Copyright' as a paragon of legal scholarship that has endured for 50 years."