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I’m a teacher of intellectual property law in the United States and, since November 2007, an administrator here. Most of my Wikisource projects revolve around United States legal subjects of one sort or another, although periodically I will branch out into other areas. I also work on organizing and tidying some of the more unkempt corners of the site as time allows (which, mostly, it doesn’t).
My Ongoing ProjectsEdit
- The United States Statutes at Large, which is the official compilation of all legislation enacted by the U.S. Congress. I maintain a site that hosts scanned page images of the earliest volumes of the Statutes at Large, and I have also placed many of them online at Wikimedia Commons.
- Current work: Proofreading Volume 1, and identifying common OCR errors in the remaining volumes that may be corrected automatically by User:TarmstroBot.
- Max Farrand’s The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787, a foundational reference for American constitutional law, is available online in a few different versions, but none of them really take advantage of the possibilities of hypertext. (Indeed, some of them are just page scans.) I would ultimately like to see Wikisource’s version become a definitive reference by allowing for easy navigation between (1) the daily narratives of the Constitutional Convention by the participants, (2) the background materials and correspondence collected by Farrand, and (3) Wikipedia-based biographical information about the authors.
- Current work: Uploaded page scans for all three volumes that are in the public domain in the United States (Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3). Now adding text from Volume 3, Appendix A. Once these are complete, I’ll jump back to Volume 1 and begin wikifying the existing entries, then continue adding new ones. (Hamilton’s records have been particularly challenging due to the odd notation he uses, with lots of curly brackets and indentation—see here for a sample—but I’ll aim to reproduce Farrand’s original as closely as possible (and certainly more closely than other online versions of the text).
- Digitizing legislative history of the Copyright Act of 1976.
- The 1976 House Report is complete and available at Copyright Law Revision (House Report No. 94-1476). Wikisource now has what is, to my knowledge, the only free online repository of the text of this important and frequently cited work.
- The 1975 Senate Report is complete and available at Copyright Law Revision (Senate Report No. 94-473).
- There are several more volumes of legislative reports, beginning with a series of topic-specific studies that were drafted by request for the Senate Judiciary Committee beginning in the 1950s. Some of those are pretty valuable, and I will try to locate scans that can be hosted here for transcription.
- Transcribing Index:Harvard Law Review Volume 1.djvu.
- Cleanup work on a time-permitting basis
- Linking author pages for the Supreme Court Justices to the cases they authored in the list at Portal:Supreme Court of the United States.
- Working on the backlog at Category:Unlinked
- U.S. copyright case law
- 20th Century Fox Film Corp. v. Cablevision Systems Corp.
- BMG Music v. Gonzalez
- Bridgeport Music, Inc. v. Dimension Films
- Cartoon Network, LP v. CSC Holdings, Inc.
- Eldred v. Ashcroft
- Field v. Google, Inc.
- Gaiman v. McFarlane
- Lewis Galoob Toys, Inc. v. Nintendo of America, Inc.
- Lexmark Int'l v. Static Control Components
- Live Nation Motor Sports, Inc. v. Davis
- Matthew Bender & Co., Inc. v. West Publishing Co.
- Micro Star v. FormGen Inc.
- Roger Miller Music, Inc. v. Sony/ATV Publishing, LLC
- Sony Corp. of America v. Universal City Studios, Inc.
- Storage Technology Corp. v. Custom Hardware Engineering & Consulting, Inc.
- Veeck v. Southern Building Code Congress Int'l, Inc.
- U.S. computer & internet case law
- other U.S. intellectual property case law
- other noteworthy U.S. cases
- U.S. copyright statutes
- other U.S. intellectual property statutes
- United States Code/Title 35 (Patents)
- legal scholarship
- fiction and literature
At some point I'll get around to writing Wikipedia articles for those cases listed above that don't already have them, but that's not my highest priority. I'm interested in getting some of the classic Supreme Court copyright cases online here, but there's already a Supreme Court community in existence here and on Wikipedia, so I'll probably direct a fair amount of my attention to what's happening below the Supreme Court level in the Courts of Appeals (which is frequently where the real action is).
- National Football League v. PrimeTime 24 Joint Venture (NFL), 211 F.3d 10 (2d Cir. 2000) (cited in Live Nation Motor Sports, Inc. v. Davis, John Doe v. Uri Geller, and Index:Cartoon Network, LP v. CSC Holdings, Inc.djvu)
- CoStar Group, Inc. v. LoopNet, Inc., 373 F.3d 544 (4th Cir. 2004) (cited in Field v. Google, Inc. and Index:Cartoon Network, LP v. CSC Holdings, Inc.djvu)
- Bill Graham Archives v. Dorling Kindersley Ltd., 448 F.3d 605 (2d Cir. 2006) (cited in Lennon v Premise Media and Index:Cartoon Network, LP v. CSC Holdings, Inc.djvu)
- White-Smith Publishing Co. v. Apollo Co., 209 U.S. 1 (1908) (cited in Matthew Bender & Co., Inc. v. West Publishing Co., Register's Report on the General Revision of the U.S. Copyright Law, Sony Corp. of America v. Universal City Studios, Inc./Opinion of the Court, United States Code/Title 17/Chapter 1/Sections 102 and 103, and the House and Senate reports on the Copyright Act of 1976).
- Populating commons:Category:United States Reports.
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Projects I'm interested in:
- Wikisource:WikiProject US Code
- Wikisource:WikiProject U.S. Supreme Court cases
- Wikisource:WikiProject Academic Papers
Some things I'm currently editing will be in User:Tarmstro99/sandbox.
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