The number of AmLaw 200 law firms with blogs more than doubled since 2007, but they still make up less than half of the nation's largest firms. This week, LexBlog released its periodic State of the AmLaw Blogosphere report. It found that 82 of these firms now have blogs. That is an increase of 110 percent over the first report in 2007, when 39 firms had blogs. In the last six months, the number of AmLaw 200 blogs has risen just 15 percent.
Interestingly, those 82 biglaw firms are responsible for 227 blogs, showing that at least some of them have multiple blogs. Of those 227, 186 are firm branded, meaning that the blog is somehow identified as a product of the firm. The "non-branded" blogs are written by individuals who work at these firms but write the blogs on their own.
Not all these biglaw blogs are active. LexBlog describes a blog from Morris Manning & Martin that deals with the law surrounding open source software as dormant. To me, it appears dead. The link for the blog leads to an Italian-language blog about online gambling. This might suggest that even as some large law firms take small steps towards blogging, others are stepping away.Sphere: Related Content
Stunned. That is my reaction to the news that a Minnesota jury has ordered a 32-year-old woman to pay $1.92 million to the music industry for downloading music. That is $80,000 per song for each of the 24 songs she is said to have downloaded.
The woman's reaction: "Good luck trying to get it from me. ... It's like squeezing blood from a turnip."
This was the second trial for the woman, Jammie Thomas-Rasset, in the first downloading case to go to trial. Two years ago, a jury ordered Thomas-Rasset to pay $222,000 for downloading the songs -- $9,250 per song. The judge declared a mistrial and Thomas-Rasset opted for a second go-around.
The woman's lawyer, Kiwi Camara, told reporters that when he first heard the verdict, he was "angry about it." He had felt confident that any liability finding would be for the statutory minimum amount of $750 per song.
There remains the possibility that the parties will still reach a settlement. A spokesperson for the music industry said after the verdict, "Since day one we have been willing to settle this case ... and we remain willing to do so." The music industry has made its point with this verdict and has nothing further to gain by chasing after money it will never recover. As for Thomas-Rasset, she should be looking for a way to put this nightmare behind her. Let's hope both sides find a reasonable way to bring this case to an end.Sphere: Related Content
Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on June 19, 2009
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