What Next, Google Filmstrips?

I use audio-visual materials pretty extensively in my intellectual property classes, but I never thought to use them for my first-year property class. That is, until this year.

Google Maps and Google Images have made it possible to illustrate property disputes in a way I never could have before. Take, for example, the classic case, Fontainebleau Hotel Corp. v. Forty-Five Twenty-Five, Inc., involving two hotels on Miami Beach. The Fontainebleau starts building a 14-storey addition which will cast a shadow over the neighboring Eden Roc’s pool and beach area.

Here’s a picture from Google Maps, showing the shadow (imagine the shadow slowly moving clockwise as the sun crosses the sky, eventually covering the Eden Roc’s pool area):

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On the continuation page, you can also see a picture from a different perspective.

Every year, it seems I rely more and more on some kind of tool created by Google (whether Search, GMail, Images, Maps, whatever). Yet another sign that Google is taking over the world.

UPDATE: I should note that credit for finding the above picture goes to the very tech-savvy Michelle Kanter, BCLS class of ’08.


Here’s another picture showing the lovely addition, from the perspective of the Eden Roc:

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Finally, check out this very cool site, which provides street-level pictures, allowing you to virtually “stroll” along a street. (Hat tip to Chris Tracey, BCLS ’05, for this one).

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10 Responses

  1. Joe Miller says:

    Now, that’s just cool!

  2. Mike says:

    I’m assuming y’all have “Google Earth.” If not, wow, you’ll be in for a treat.

  3. Joe Liu says:

    Google Earth is great. I particularly love the “superman” mode, which allows you to fly over the earth from a lower angle.

  4. Alfred Brophy says:

    I didn’t know about “Google Earth”; it’s the coolest thing I’ve ever seen (or close to the coolest). Wow. Shazam.

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    Over at Concurring Opinions, Joseph Liu has a cool post on using Google Maps to illustrate property cases like Fontainebleau Hotel Corp. v. Forty-Five Twenty-Five, Inc. Ben Barros

  6. Dave! says:

    That is *way* cool…

  7. Ed says:

    That is a great use of the maps! The data has existed before, but Google has made it so much more readily available; and for free.

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