Traits of best law profs; Harvard prof sues over copyright use of song in lecture

It was a GOOD week for…

Learning how to be the best law professor, after a new book, "What the Best Law Techers Do," was released. The book, co-authored by three law profs, analyzed the behavior and traits of 26 of the best law professors across the nation. The authors found that the teachers were authentic, humble and cared deeply about their students. “So many law schools are searching, with some desperation, for the magic bullet that will transform their students’ educational experiences,” said Hunter Schwartz, one of the authors and dean at University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. “The 26 teachers in this book transform their students’ lives every day.”

 

It was a BAD week for…

Sampling music in class lectures, after Harvard Law School Professor Lawrence Lessig was threatened with a lawsuit by an Australian record company for allegedly violating copyright law for using music from the hit song “Lisztomania” by French pop band Phoenix during a lecture. Lessig used excerpts from the dance videos in a 2010 lecture that he recorded and posted on YouTube. Lessig has filed his own suit in federal court in Massachusetts in response, accusing the record company of abusing copyright laws to stifle his free speech and of improperly targeting him even though the company was aware that his use of the song was protected under the fair-use doctrine of copyright law. Lessig is a proponent of reduced legal restrictions on copyrights.