Yo, Ho, Ho and a Bottle of Rum: A Tale of Piracy and Maritime Law

Foreign Affairs, Law, Law Journal Library, World Treaty Library, World Trials
Tara Kibler

Ahoy there, maties! This very day be International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Do ye know wha’ that means? Aye, that’s right, me hearties—we shall be natterin’ about pirates today! Ready yer sea legs, grab yer cup o’ grog, and leave them landlubbers behind.

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Piracy: Then and Now

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Building America: The Powerful Story Behind “We the People”

American History, Highlights in History, Law, Political Science, World Constitutions Illustrated
Tara Kibler

The Constitution is the supreme law of the United States of America, the basis for the structure of the U.S. government, and the primary source for all legislative, executive, and judicial authority. Signed on September 17, 1787, the document became the first permanent constitution of its kind. The signing of the U.S. Constitution is commemorated with Constitution Day celebrations on September 17 of each year.

Originally consisting of seven articles, the Constitution outlined the framework for the newly established American government. As America has expanded over the past 232 years, the document has been amended to address the nation’s evolving needs. Join HeinOnline as we research the story behind the drafting…

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Trees of Green, Red Roses, Too: Keeping It a Wonderful World

Foreign Affairs, Law, Law Journal Library, The Environment, Treaties and Agreements Library, World Treaty Library
Tara Kibler

This past August, a record number of wildfires ravaged the Amazon rainforest. In June, it was estimated that deforestation in the Amazon has risen by more than 88% compared to 2018. This increase in tree loss has sparked concerns about the fate of the Amazon and other forests across the globe. Learn about the environmental, societal, and economic importance of trees and discover current efforts to slow deforestation with HeinOnline.

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The Life and Career of Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black

American History, History of Supreme Court Nominations, Law, Law Journal Library, Pentagon Papers, Statutes at Large, U.S. Supreme Court, World Constitutions Illustrated
Tara Kibler

Eighty-two years ago, Hugo Lafayette Black was appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States. The fifth-longest serving justice, an avid New Deal supporter, and a former Ku Klux Klansman, Hugo Black proved to be controversial yet influential in the outcome of landmark Supreme Court decisions. Read about Justice Black’s jurisprudence and Supreme Court career with HeinOnline.

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Social Security Turns 84: A History of Roosevelt’s Landmark Act

American History, Economics, Highlights in History, Law, Law Journal Library, Political Science, Reports of U.S. Presidential Commissions, Statutes at Large, U.S. Federal Agency Library, U.S. Federal Legislative History, U.S. Presidential Library
Tara Kibler

You may have a Social Security number, but do you actually know why? On this day 84 years ago, the first act was signed to implement social security programs in the United States. Explore the origins of U.S. Social Security with HeinOnline.

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Coming for Katy Like a Dark Horse: Copyright Law in the U.S.

Current Events, Hot Topic News, Intellectual Property Law Collection, Law, Popular Culture, U.S. Supreme Court, World Constitutions Illustrated
Tara Kibler

World-renowned pop singer Katy Perry was recently dealt a crushing blow when a jury found that her song “Dark Horse” had copied the work of gospel rapper Marcus Gray. The infringed song, “Joyful Noise,” was said to have an identical beat to “Dark Horse” in terms of length, rhythm, and pitch.

Several points were made in defense of Perry and her co-writers:

  • Perry’s attorneys argued that “each of the purported similarities between the works are commonplace.”
  • Music experts offered two compositions with a similar melody that predate “Joyful Noise.”
  • Perry and her colleagues testified that they had never heard of the song or its creator…

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Remix to Ignition, Heading Right Back to Prison: Sex Trafficking and the Law

Criminal Justice, Current Events, Hot Topic News, Human Rights, Law, Law Journal Library, Popular Culture, Statutes at Large, U.S. Code, United Nations
Tara Kibler

Last month, billionaire Jeffrey Epstein was arrested on charges of sex trafficking girls as young as 14. In the same week, singer and record producer R. Kelly was also arrested for sex trafficking, production of child pornography, child sexual exploitation, kidnapping, and forced labor. In both cases, the arrests follow several years of allegations of sexual abuse against minors. As you await the outcome of both trials, study up on the charges by learning more about sex trafficking with HeinOnline.

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Is a Picture Worth a Thousand Words? Exploring Emojis and the Law

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Tara Kibler

Did you know that today is World Emoji Day? In recent years, emojis have evolved into an essential tool for expressing emotions and ideas, becoming nearly equivalent to words themselves. As of 2015, 92% of people use emojis in their online communications. Just check out this Emoji Tracker to view the realtime usage of emojis on Twitter. Furthermore, Oxford University Press named an emoji as its 2015 “Word of the Year.” Emojis are so popular that there was even a terrible movie made about them.

As true components of contemporary language, it’s no wonder that emojis are increasingly submitted as evidence in court cases all over the United States…

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From Poppies to Painkillers: An Overview of the U.S. Opioid Crisis

Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Current Events, Federal Register, GAO Reports and Comptroller General Decisions, Hot Topic News, Law, Medicine, Political Science, Reports of U.S. Presidential Commissions, Statutes at Large, U.S. Code, U.S. Congressional Documents, U.S. Federal Agency Library, U.S. Federal Legislative History, World Treaty Library
Tara Kibler

It has recently been determined that drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death among Americans under 50 years of age. This finding is just one effect (among many) of the rising U.S. opioid crisis which, as of 2018, has been declared a national public health emergency by the Trump Administration and by the Department of Health and Human Services. With the opioid crisis rising once again to the forefront of U.S. news given the recent Johnson & Johnson opioid lawsuit, learn about the context of the epidemic and recent U.S. countermeasures with HeinOnline.

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You Gotta Fight For Your Right To Equality: 55 Years of Civil Rights

American History, Highlights in History, Human Rights, John F. Kennedy Assassination Collection, Law, Political Science, Statutes at Large, U.S. Federal Agency Library, U.S. Federal Legislative History, U.S. Presidential Library, U.S. Supreme Court
Tara Kibler

On this day 55 years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 during the height of the civil rights movement. Originally proposed by President John F. Kennedy, the act prohibited discrimination, ended racial segregation, created equal employment opportunity, and more. Join HeinOnline as we explore the evolution of the act, the efforts that went into its passage, and its ultimate impact.

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