Fair Use? Tell That to the Judge

Joel Reidenberg in The Washington Post, May 05, 2009

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by Roxanne Roberts and Amy Argentsinger
May 5, 2009; 1:02 AM ET  

The latest legal snit: Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia v. a Fordham University law class.

Last year, law professor Joel Reidenberg told his students to find his personal data on the Internet to teach them privacy laws. This year, the professor assigned the same project about Scalia after the justice said he wasn't that worried about digital privacy. The class turned in a 15-page report with Scalia's home address, phone number, house value, favorite foods and movies, wife's personal e-mail and photos of his grandchildren, reports the legal tabloid Above the Law.

Scalia was not pleased, even though the report was not published outside the classroom. "It is not a rare phenomenon that what is legal may also be quite irresponsible. ... Since he was not teaching a course in judgment, I presume he felt no responsibility to display any," Scalia told ATL.

No offense intended, the prof told ABA Journal, just a valuable class exercise.

Contact: Joel Reidenberg
Email: jreidenberg@law.fordham.edu