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Michael Madison
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As always, Barton, and as a long-time and appreciative user of each and every edition of this project: thank you.

The increasing length of the book is a challenge, as you note, for those of us who teach a basic one-semester trademark course.

I wonder whether (and/or how recently) you’ve considered distributing the contents via a platform that unbundles the principal cases – perhaps in clusters keyed to the principal sections or subsections of the book. Teachers could drag and drop the clusters into a “book” that they would actually use [in my case, I’d simply make each cluster available separately on my course website, integrated into the syllabus]. Students could access combined, customized bundle electronically or get a print-on-demand copy. For anyone who wants the whole, unedited book, that would be available, too.

Over the years, I’ve experimented with quick-and-dirty versions of the above, by playing around with the MS Word files. I like to move a lot of the “goodwill” content (naked licensing, abandonment, assignments in gross) to the front and teach that stuff first. But pulling one chunk out of the back of the book like that is really disruptive from a word processing standpoint.

What I’ve suggested undoubtedly requires time and maybe other resources that you don’t have or that you don’t want to commit. And maybe I’m unique in thinking that “Napsterizing” the book, figuratively speaking, would both add value and solve at least some of the length problem.

Reactions from everyone are welcome, of course.

Best,

Mike