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First Thing We Do, Let’s Kill All The Legal Research Services…

February 12, 2013

On the lighter side—and at the risk of delving a bit too close to inside jokes for IP lawyers—we found amusing the following press release from Thomson Reuters, regarding its flagship online legal research service, Westlaw.

For those of you who have dabbled in the law (or set foot onto a law school campus), you will already be aware that Westlaw, and rival LexisNexis, are both the Bible and the Google of every lawyer’s practice—without them, the state of legal research would revert to navigating through instantly–outdated books printed with cases that require constant updating and an impressive ability to navigate tables of contents.
Therefore, it is with some amusement that we note of the existence of a copyright lawsuit brought by an attorney against Westlaw and LexisNexis for offering (and thereby selling) copyrighted legal briefs in their online databases. Without commenting on the merits of the Plaintiff’s claims (which were dismissed on an early summary judgment motion), the old adage about biting the hand that feeds you does come to mind.

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