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Nearly a decade after the surge in popularity of peer to peer sharing services Lawrence Lessig wrote Remix. Remix explored the issues surrounding the crackdown on such platforms by asking questions such as what are we willing to sacrifice to win a “war” on piracy. What if adaptation could sidestep a “war” altogether? The law is notoriously slow to adapt to new technology. But art and creator based content is growing and changing at an increasing pace. Lessig uses Remix to explore where the war on piracy is failing new and exciting art forms that he labels collateral damage.
The challenge to strike a balance between protecting the artist and encourage innovation is not new. The book relates the anecdote of John Phillip Sousa (of Stars and Stripes Forever fame) lobbying Congress to stop what he called a form of piracy. The new technology of the phonograph had not yet been accounted for in the copyright law and while he was able to control the reproduction and public performances of hi…

2018 U.S. Master Tax Guide

Wolters Kluwer has recently published an update to the 2018 U.S. Master Tax Guide (KF6370.C65 2018a) to reflect the changes made to the tax code by the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act enacted last December. The U.S. Master Tax Guide is a single volume tax handbook that contains quick but detailed information on virtually every tax topic with references to the Internal Revenue Code, Treasury Regulations, and other sources of primary authority. It also contains references to Wolters Kluwer publications such as the Standard Federal Tax Reporter (KF6366.C65) practice guide, which is ideal for those interested in further research. This source also contains a list of important dates for the year, tax tables, checklists, and an index.

The Law & Politics of Brexit

New to the O'Quinn Law Library collection is The Law & Politics of Brexit, a collection of essays on the 2016 Brexit Referendum edited by Federico Fabbrini.

Legal researchers interested in Brexit, or in either British or European Union law using Brexit as a case study, might find this book useful.  There are four main sections, three of which are devoted to specific aspects of law.  The first addresses European Union membership law; the second addresses the potential legal consequences of Brexit for Engish, Scottish, and Northern Irish law (Welsh consequences are not addressed); the third addresses currency law, criminal law, and trade/labor law in the European Union, as well as hor Brixit will affect British law in these matters.  The final section focuses on political speculation rather than legal discussion, but is equally well-written and could still be of interest to legal scholars interested in Brexit generally.

UH students students can access this book at the O'Qui…