2 Lawyers Sue Over Use of Legal Papers by West and Lexis

, New York Law Journal


In a putative class action filed in the Southern District, two lawyers are seeking damages, disgorgement of profits and a declaratory judgment against the publishers for engaging in the "unabashed wholesale copying of thousands of copyright-protected works created by, and owned by, the attorneys and law firms."

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What's being said

  • Spencer

    What of the fact that briefs filed in the U.S. Supreme Court at available on the court's web site as is also true of at least some State Courts, e.g. Ohio. Is not putting the briefs up on the web site publication? If I go to a court and make a photocopy of one of the briefs on file in a case am I infringing? Does it matter what I intend to do with the copies I make? I remember reading a newspaper report of a lawyer who filed a class action for a client and tried to sue another lawyer who filed a similar suit copying a portion of the first lawyer's complaint, allegedly in violation of the first lawyers copyright. I think the trial court dismissed the case but I don't know what happened to it.

  • Barbara

    Aren't all of these things readily available on PACER anyway?

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