Category Archives: 40th Anniversary

40 Years of Copyright Law Changes

Ah, 1971, the good old days when nobody, except for a small group of attorneys and judges, even knew that “intellectual property”(IP) referred to copyrights, patents and trademarks. More importantly, back in 1971, consumers had no means of infringing intellectual property unless they owned a record pressing plant, a printing press, a film processing machine,  Continue Reading »

Employment Law, 40 years ago

When Nolo was founded in 1971, employment law was still in its infancy – or, as the Carpenters sang a few months earlier, it had “only just begun.” Although courts and legislatures had recognized the rights of union members for decades, the idea of rights for individual employees came later. Title VII of the Civil  Continue Reading »

Criminal Justice Is Everyone’s Business

I wondered whether the good folks at Nolo had lost it when they proposed in the mid-1990′s that I write a book about criminal law and processes. Nolo was the leading self-help law book publisher, and very few criminal defendants represent themselves.  This is almost always a good thing, and a book trying to expand  Continue Reading »

The Rise of Do-It-Yourself Estate Planning

Like many areas of the law, estate planning was once a lawyer-only endeavor—folks were expected to pay lawyers to draw up their wills or trusts. These days, however, DIY estate planning is common and growing. And thanks to the Internet, it’s easier than ever to access sound legal tools that you can use to plan  Continue Reading »

40 Years of Tax Changes

Few laws are as important as the federal tax law. It affects most of the 215 million adults who live in the United States, as well as millions of for-profit businesses and nonprofit entities. How has tax law changed since 1971? Let’s count just a few ways. In 1971 the top individual income tax rate  Continue Reading »