Rodrigues: Downsizing Editorial Will Endanger Legal Publishers

Gary Rodrigues has written a blog post on the dangers of cutting editorial staffs at the large law publishers. In essence, he argues that the large publishers’ basic advantage over free web-based services will be lost since a skilled in-house editorial staff is what built the publishers’ brands, drove the profit margins, and today, in a digital environment of free information and proliferating software and cloud-based offerings, the editorial staffs represent the only genuine “head-start” these publishers have.

Writes Rodrigues:

“The contribution of editorial to legal publishing has always been underestimated and undervalued by corporate owners. Editorial built the business and established the standards on which the reputations of the major legal publishing houses are based.”

Later, he asserts:

“‘Editorial’ was also largely responsible for the key product development initiatives that drove growth. The loss is not restricted to primary content. New titles and new editions of secondary works require intensive editorial work that cannot be replaced by automated processes.”

In 2014, have we reached the point at which legal insight and analysis can be automated?

One Year Anniversary Last Week

It was one year for me as publication editor of CJS on October 1. It has been a privilege to work on this publication that was at one time, in its¬†Corpus Juris¬†incarnation, cross-published by Butterworth’s (publisher of Halsbury’s Laws of England; and published by the American Law Book Company in the United States).

Book Note: Entertainment and Intellectual Property Law

Entertainment and Intellectual Property Law

2012-2013 Edition

Mark S. Lee

Thomson Reuters Westlaw

This treatise covering the range of intellectual property law that falls within the orbit of entertainment provides a solid guide to the primary law governing this field along with the insight of a practitioner in the field. However, one seeking a practice-oriented guide may be disappointed. Perhaps Mark S. Lee, with his extensive experience in IP litigation, does not wish to divulge too many of the secrets to his success.

Also of note is that Lee has “been involved in legislative efforts to define and refine intellectual property law.” Among those efforts was the drafting of the California anti-cybersquatting statute. He appears to favor even more stringent IP protections in this digital age.