Thursday, September 18, 2008
In a move which potentially impedes the growth of free online legal research tools, Oregon, among other states, has asserted copyright protection over the publication of its statutes and other public information. The ABA blog reported this week that websites like Justia.com, Public.Resources.org and Avvo.com have been hit recently with cease and desist letters in response to their posting of public data. Although the Oregon legislature ultimately relented in its claim against Justia.com, such actions by state officials threaten the growth of websites trying to offer a cost-free alternative to Lexis and Westlaw, the two largest players in the $5 billion commercial legal publishing industry.
I am the scholarship dude.