$10 text book; fantasy legal brief over fantasy football

It was a GOOD week for…

Cheaper text books, after Eric Goldman reported that his foray into e-publishing a text book for Advertising & Marketing Law was a success. The Santa Clara University law professor, wrote the book with Rebecca Tushnet, a law professor at Georgetown University. They chose to publish the 800-page book as an ebook through Gumroad and Scribd. Students got a book for only $10, that could have cost them as much as $200. Goldman and Tushnet earned a royalty of $9.25.

"In the past 14 months, we’ve sold 467 copies at Scribd and 58 at Gumroad, for a total sales volume of 525 copies and net royalties of over $4,100," he writes. "Assuming a few more adoptions in Spring 2014, we will substantially exceed my expectations for the first two years."

It was a BAD week for…

Fantasy football trading, after a law student fantasy football group became locked in a fantasy legal battle because of a vetoed trade. The controversy began after the Cleveland Browns traded running back Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts for a 2014 first-round draft pick. This trade effectively made the Colts now-second string running back Ahmad Bradshaw useless. At issue is a fantasy football trade regarding a top tier quarterback for a package involving Bradshaw which was vetoed by the rest of the league after the real-life trade. One member of the 2L Fantasy Football league at the University Mississippi School of Law wrote an appellate brief demanding specific performance that the trade go through. The trade was made four hours before the Browns traded Richardson. The brief cites the UCC for the proposition that the player traded for is unique and requires specific performance. It also utilizes ESPN as a top authority on the matter. No word yet on whether the group will set up a fantasy court to hear the case.