Here’s my latest for The Montreal Gazette’s Legal Matters. Not a bad little piece about ownership of videos you post online, in light of the Pauline Marois ad business from last week. I talked out of my ass a little bit, but hey, that’s what lawyers do.
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I’ll be on CBC Radio Noon today at about 12:10 to discuss the Liberals’ use of Facebook video for their Pauline Marois ad. And possibly taking questions from listeners! There’s a listen live link at the top right of that CBC page. As usual my biggest challenge will be not to swear.
UPDATE – that’s good work CBC getting this online so fast, and embeddable too. Someone understands social media.
UPDATE #2 – nothing pisses me off more than autoplay files on a web page. That’s bad work CBC. I’m removing the embed, here’s a link to go listen. Sorry for any inconvenience.
The above video is a wonderful documentary about the Mile End Legal Clinic, an organization that did more good in the last month than you’ve done in your lifetime. The Clinic helps people who can’t afford a lawyer get access to justice and know their rights, thanks to the efforts of lawyers and law students. Notwithstanding its name, it serves people from all over Montreal and Quebec. And I am proud to say that last week, I was named to their Board of Directors.
Now, you may say “but we have legal aid to help people who cannot afford a lawyer.” Well we do, but the system is pretty fucked. To qualify for legal aid as a single person in Quebec, you must have an annual income of $13,007 or less. Stats Canada’s Low Income Cut-off (essentially the “poverty line”, but they’re too chicken-shit to call it that) for a single person in Montreal in 2010 is $18,759. So basically, you can be poor and not qualify for legal aid. That’s fucked up. And that’s why clinics like Mile End are so important, and why I’m excited to help them as a Board member.
So let’s start with this – give them money. Your personal tax year is coming to an end, and you need some charitable deductions, don’t you? Or, you know, helping people.
Sorry I haven’t posted this week, I’ve been busy preparing my liver for my Law 10-year reunion this weekend. But I still have something for you. Here’s an article I wrote about Facebook and privacy for McGill’s Faculty of Law magazine, Focus online. It lacks my usual sarcastic snark you’ve come to love, but it’s educational I guess.
Embedded below are the slides I used for a presentation to a Montreal law firm about internet law and advice for their corporate clients. Of course, you don’t get all my witty banter and brilliant oration skills just looking at some dumb slides, but maybe it’s interesting anyway. Though I doubt it.
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