Saturday, May 19, 2018
LibraryThing giveaway: 10 copies of the eBook version of my Mindscapes: Ten Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction Short Stories collection
I am giving away 10 copies of the eBook version of my Minsdacapes short story collection through LibraryThing. You can enter the giveaway at the following link (LibraryThing) by scrolling down until you find my book in the current giveaway page. This giveaway ends May 31. Good luck!
Thursday, April 12, 2018
As of today, my Intellectual Property Law: A Practical Guide to Copyrights, Patents, Trademarks and Trade Secrets and Copyright Law: A Practical Guide are both available to libraries for the first time in eBook formats. The paperback versions of both books are also available for library adoption. Both books are intended as practical guides for the general public and are brief yet comprehensive in their coverage of their respective subject matter. You can preview these and most of my current books by visiting my Amazon Author's Page at https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B001KMII74.
If your local library uses the popular Live-Brary system, these can be recommended directly by searching for my name (Victor D. Lopez) and clicking on "see all" titles if your library does not already have these in their collection. Regardless of the system used for print and eBook acquisitions, however, my books should be available as of today (my fiction and poetry was already available prior to today).
I believe you will find both books to be among the lowest priced and most user-friendly introductions on what is not a particularly user-friendly subject matter. Please check them out. As always, I am grateful for your readership and support.
eBook version available in multiple eBook formats
eBook (various formats) and paperback versions available
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Illegal immigration is a topic that is much discussed but about which most people--and politicians--know very little, and what passes for "information" on the subject is often far from the truth. For example, illegal immigrants (undocumented workers for those on the left of the political spectrum) do not just take jobs Americans don't want; a significant number are employed in high paying blue and white collar professions, including law, academia and medicine. Nor is the often touted "fact" that illegal immigrants add significant value to our economy accurate; although many do in fact pay taxes, as a group illegal immigrants are a net drain on the economy.
The push for open borders and the unwillingness of both Democratic and Republican administrations in recent memory to enforce immigration laws pose serious public safety and national security issues, and no debate about immigration policy can ignore the humanitarian and ethical considerations for both illegal immigrants and for the far larger number of would-be legal immigrants waiting in line for years for their chance of a better life.
We have not yet begun a serious discussion of these issues and I fear we never will as the left and right will simply continue to politicize the issue rather than face the inconvenient truths that should be aired in an honest discussion about immigration policy beyond yet another simplistic and counter-productive Reaganesque amnesty by any other name is proposed and implemented. In my article, “Illegal Immigration: Economic, Social and Ethical Implications” North East Journal of Legal Studies (NEALSB) Vol. 22 (Fall 2009), I focused attention some of the vital issues that underlie our current predicament which is only likely to be made worse by any of the simple solutions to a complicated problem that have been aired in recent years and will once again rise from the ashes during the next administration. This is an issue I need to revisit formally in the near future as the data need to be updated, but the conclusions are unchanged.
Whatever your personal views on the issue. I hope you will read (and, if you are so inclined, share) the article, conduct your own independent research and perhaps add your voice in a meaningful way to the ongoing discussion--whether you agree or disagree with my conclusions. NEALSB is a refereed journal that is only available by subscription, but fortunately some of the recent volumes have been made available online, including the Fall 2009 volume in which my article appeared. You can download the article here: Illegal Immigration: Economic, Social and Ethical Implications.
In 2013 I published a second related article, “Dealing with Uninvited and Unwelcomed Guests: a Survey of Current State Legislative Efforts to Control Illegal Immigration Within Their Borders”, Int. J. Public Law and Policy, Vol. 3, No. 1 (2013). At the time, the U.S. Supreme Court had not yet weighed in on the constitutionality of state efforts to enforce federal immigration law in answer to the Obama Administration’s refusal to enforce the law. (No president from Reagan through Obama has made a sufficient effort to enforce the law, which explains why after President Reagan provided a general amnesty to most illegal aliens, effectively reducing illegal immigrants to near zero during his time in office, we find ourselves with more than 12 million illegal aliens today.) When the Obama administration challenged the Constitutionality of Arizona’s efforts to enforce federal immigration law within its borders, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled most (but not all) such efforts as Unconstitutional, holding that only the federal government (read: Congress, the legislative branch) can set immigration law and only the federal government (read: the President, the executive branch) can enforce federal law. The high court would later invalidate President Obama's efforts to grant amnesty by executive order unconstitutional. This particular article is, unfortunately, not available other than through subscription services. The brief abstract can be found at: http://www.inderscienceonline.com/doi/abs/10.1504/IJPLAP.2013.051013
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Just published: Copyright Law: A Practical Guide (25% off until April 15)
This book is based on the material that first appeared in my Intellectual Property Law: A Practical Guide to Copyrights, Patents, Trademarks and Trade Secrets with some updates and expansion. Like my earlier work, it is meant to serve as a resource that provides information in an easy to understand and absorb manner. Unlike my earlier work that offers a survey of intellectual property law, this one focuses exclusively on copyright and will be priced at $3.99.
Until April 15, the book is available at an introductory price of $2.99 with coupon code EH38H at checkout--but ONLY at Smashwords.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
This book is based on the material that first appeared in my Intellectual Property Law: A Practical Guide to Copyrights, Patents, Trademarks and Trade Secrets with some updates and expansion. Like my earlier work, it is meant to serve as a resource that provides information in an easy to understand and absorb manner. Unlike my earlier work that offers a survey of intellectual property law, this one focuses exclusively on copyright and will be priced at $3.99. It is available today from Smashwords and will be available in a day or two from Amazon, iBooks, B&N and other retailers. For a free preview, you can click on the book cover above.
Monday, April 2, 2018
From now until April 15, 2018 you can download a copy of the two shortest stories from my Mindscapes collection only at Smashwords by clicking here or on the book cover page below with automatically generated coupon code. You can also send a copy to a friend free of charge by selecting the option "give as a gift" from the book's Smashwords page, but you will need to enter the coupon code manually to gift the story free of charge.
If you'd like to hear my cold reading of the short story "Justice" you can click here for a very simple book trailer with my reading of the entire short story in the background. Rest assured that the audiobook version of my Mindscapes collection has a very different interpretation of this short story and was professionally read and produced by Dale M. Wilcox, not by yours truly.
A belated Happy Easter and Happy Passover to all.