SIGIA-L Mail Archives: RE: Navigation Patent (was RE: SIGIA-L:
RE: Navigation Patent (was RE: SIGIA-L: (no subject))
From: Gunnar Swanson (gunnar_at_pobox.com)
Date: Thu Aug 17 2000 - 14:57:13 EDT
When I sent my post I couldn't remember that it was WestLaw that I was
talking about. In many courts all cases cited have to be listed by
WestLaw's citation numbers so even if you find them elsewhere, you have to
go back and find them in WestLaw. Last I knew (and this may be out of
date), WestLaw was winning the battle to protect their numbering system
from use by others.
Have things changed in the last year or so?
>Though this is just an aside to the main conversation, I don't think that
>anecdote is accurate. There is a uniform system of citation published by
>the editors of the Harvard Law Review, commonly known as the Bluebook. The
>system is widely used and there is no copyright issue in using it.
>As for case law databases, Lexis and WestLaw each have searchable databases
>that you can subscribe to.
>I think there are a few copyrighted indexing systems, which is logical. If
>you go to the trouble of designing a system whereby you classify the
>thousands of cases reported each year, you certainly don't want someone
>else to come along and sell all your work; however, the existence of such
>copyrighted indexing systems in no way hampers the creation of case law
>databases or the operation of the courts.
>//ted (law student in residence)
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