Saturday, February 15, 2014



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And now a word from our senior legal correspondent:
The late Justice Louis Braneis (1856 -1941) serves as our senior legal commentator from the "Great Beyond" by dictating copy to the Great Namazu

The general rule of law is, that the noblest of human productions -- knowledge, truths ascertained, conceptions, and ideas -- become, after voluntary communication to others, free as the air to common use. During the more than 20 years that the American Admiralty Bureau published its "Guides" and  "Commentators"  they allowed highly expanded copy right permissions. Indeed these "print on demand books", an unheard of technology during my tenure on the bench, are available in soft cover spiral bound versions from the original distributor Marine Education Text Books . The entire purpose of this type of binding is to facilitate photocopying should the advocate want to utilize an entire "Comment(s)" or long passage as an attachment in a brief or memorandum. Permission to do exactly that is part of the copyright notice. In keeping with the intention of directors, authors and editors the copy rights of the publications of the American Admiralty Bureau were not maintained past the normal expiration dates. As these works have been coming into the public domain certain University presses have been offering hard bound volumes at rather high prices. These look impressive on your firm library or office shelves. However, the spiral bound volumes still available from the original publisher cost much less and are spiral bound to facilitate your copying. The American Admiralty Bureau intended for you to actually use the insight that they offered and deliberately made it easy to do so. 

 American Admiralty Books has an exclusive relationship with four of the six original authors (One, Capt. Gerald E. Disler has crossed over to this side and we confer regularly) and editors, some of whom in turn have certain exclusive rights relative to remaining in force copyrights, and all have derivative rights based on authorship relative to works for hire. American Admiralty Books also has a continuing relationship with  Marine Education Text Books . So far American Admiralty Books has published one "Guide" and three volumes of the "Commentator Series" in their AUTHORITATIVE LITERATURE SECTION.  I am pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement and decided to publish all of the Commentators with some updating material on line for the free use of our visitors. We will also publish all of the Guides (Such as Guide to Cargo Claims) that are legal in character , some were strictly navigational.

 As these become available they will be posted or linked at the American Admiralty Books  AUTHORITATIVE LITERATURE SECTION. We have one Guide and three updated Commentators posted there now. To reduce lengthy scrolling we will probably produce the next series of updated volumes on one of our parallel sites and provide links in the AUTHORITATIVE LITERATURE SECTION.  This will be a lengthy and time consuming process and your patience is appreciated. Meanwhile if our sample American Admiralty Bureau Guides and Commentators that are already on line proved useful to you, we remind you that the entire original collection is still available in spiral soft cover binding in the range of $35 to $75 per volume plus shipping (compares to as much as $350 for some used volumes or University Press hard bound versions) from  Marine Education Text Books.

 Finally there is one publication of the American Admiralty Bureau that hasn't been seen much in the public record since it was usually produced in depositions by the Forensic Examiners and that is their "Code of Forensic ethics". This will be the very next American Admiralty Bureau document to be posted in the near future. The Code of Ethics is several pages in length but a lot easier to reproduce on line than a small book. I believe that it stands as a bulwark against "junk science" in the court room and is useful far beyond admiralty cases in determining the honesty and neutrality of expert witnesses and impeaching the purveyors of "junk science". I am studying this code and will provide some commentary, and perhaps practice tips when the editor is ready to post it in the AUTHORITATIVE LITERATURE SECTION. My fellow students of the law I urge you to monitor regularly the ADMIRALTY LAW SECTION and the AUTHORITATIVE LITERATURE SECTION of this blog. Both sections show some growing pains, but the plan is impressive and the progress visible. If you have split screen capability now you may already be able to have WEST LAW and either one of the two AAB sections on your computer screen simultaneously (I'm really impressed with Computers since Namazu introduced me to the concept, we used armies of law clerks and bound volume libraries in my day and waited days for the type of research results available at the speed of light today). I urge you to visit often; what is evolving is more than a collection of maritime law book reviews but quite literally a "cyber base of operations" ( a concept that I was introduced to by the Great Namazu ) from which you will be able to start unparalleled maritime legal research.  I hope by now that you have become comfortable with being addressed from the "Great Beyond" and that it will not seem macabre when I say; I'll be back with more Admiralty news in the near future.


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