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Textbook: Outline of the U.S. Legal System

Author(s): U.S. Department of State

Textbook URL: http://www.america.gov/publications/books/outline-of-u.s.-legal-system

Reviewer(s): Gabriel Crumpton, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Pierce College

Review Date: January 2012

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Reviewer's Comments

This textbook is recommended for Community College year one. It is appropriate for Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice, Homeland Security, Law and History majors. The Introduction is extensive and contains instructional and supplementary material that covers the central theme of the textbook. The book is well-indexed which increases its value as a reference. The Glossary is well-organized and appropriately supports the comprehension of this level of learners. Chapter 8, on the implementation and impact of judicial policies, is particularly strong. This is recommended as a supplementary reference prior to law school.

Textbook: "Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy"

Author(s): Lawrence Lessig Textbook URL: http://www.scribd.com/doc/47089238/Remix

Reviewer: Lani Smith, Librarian/Adjunct Professor, Ohlone College

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Reviewer's Comments
I recommend this book for community colleges and university students as well as general interest. It is suitable for business, technology, art and law majors. This book details how digital technology has, among other topics, created conflict with existing copyright laws. In sum, the author proposes that we need to create a copyright law that leaves amateur creativity free from regulation. That regulation could be avoided most simply by exempting noncommercial uses from the scope of the rights granted by copyright. Amateur remix, he believes, should be deregulated (free).