I need legal advice. Maybe some of your lawyer/bloggers out there can help. I would very much like to link and/or comment upon the outgoing presidential address of Joel Beinin to the Middle East Studies association. I have a working web-link to the speech, which appears in the MESA Bulletin. However, the speech is copyrighted, and says that “No part of this address may be quoted or reproduced in any manner without express permission of the author.” So I guess the question is, can someone be prevented from mounting a conventional blog–-with links, brief quotes, and comments–-by such a copyright restriction? I’d love to blog on this speech, but I don’t want Joel Beinin to have me thrown in jail.