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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Courts - A decision on the issue of whether atorneys may copyright their briefs

Here is a story reported by Jessica Dye of ThompsonReuters that begins:

NEW YORK, Feb 11 (Reuters) - A federal judge in Manhattan has thrown out a copyright lawsuit brought by an attorney who sued legal research companies Westlaw and LexisNexis, claiming they had unlawfully profited from his copyrighted legal filings.

In a brief ruling issued Friday, U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff dismissed Edward White's lawsuit. White, who specializes in intellectual property law, had alleged that Westlaw, owned by Thomson Reuters Corp, and LexisNexis, owned by Reed Elsevier Plc, profited by selling his copyrighted legal briefs in their databases.

Rakoff said that his reasoning for dismissing the lawsuit would be laid out in a subsequent opinion.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 17, 2013 04:00 PM
Posted to Courts in general