Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Another Copyright Infringement Case Over Unauthorized Database Distribution of Court Filings

This is a follow up to the Library Boy post of February 27, 2012 entitled Thomson Reuters Sued Over Use of Facta in Litigator.

That post described a class action lawsuit that was recently certified by an Ontario Superior Court of Justice judge and that alleges that the database company Thomson Reuters breached copyright by copying original documents created by lawyers without their permission and making them available for a fee through its commercial Litigator service. This includes pleadings, court motions, affidavits and facta.

The final paragraph in the post refers to a similar class action suit in the United States against West and Lexis for the use of "briefs" (facta) in commercial databases.

Yesterday, the Law Librarian Blog reported on Another Copyright Infringement Class Action Suit Filed Claiming Unauthorized Commercial Database Distribution of Court Filings. The new case was filed against West in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.

More on the U.S. situation from the Legal Research Plus blog (Stanford Law School).

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