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Libraries may digitize books without permission, EU top court rules

“European libraries may digitize books and make them available at electronic reading points without first gaining consent of the copyright holder, the highest European Union court ruled Thursday. The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled in a case in which the Technical University of Darmstadt digitized a book published by German publishing house Eugen Ulmer in order to make it available at its electronic reading posts, but refused to license the publisher’s electronic textbooks.” (via PCWorld)

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Cyber attack hits federal judiciary websites, filing systems

“Websites, electronic filing and public record access systems for much of the federal judiciary were attacked Friday afternoon, leaving lawyers hard-pressed to meet deadlines and officials scrambling to restore service. The so-called denial of service attacks affected bankruptcy, district and appeals courts all across the U.S. for at least a few hours.” (via Washington Times)

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64 Federal Courts Now Publish Opinions on FDsys

“A project providing free online access to federal court opinions has expanded to include 64 courts.  The federal Judiciary and the Government Printing Office partner through the GPO’s Federal Digital System, FDsys, to provide public access to more than 750,000 opinions, many dating back to 2004. The Judicial Conference approved national implementation of the project in September 2012, expanding participation from the original 29 courts. FDsys currently contains opinions from 8 appellate courts, 20 district courts, and 35 bankruptcy courts.” (via United States Courts)

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Judiciary Approves PACER Innovations To Enhance Public Access

US Courts – “The Judicial Conference of the United States today approved key steps to improve public access to federal courts by increasing the availability of court opinions and expanding the services and reducing the costs for many users of the Public Access to Electronic Court Records (PACER)”

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Court ruling guts state public record law, lawyer says

Fairbanks Daily News Miner – “If the state does not preserve a document, then it isn’t a public document, a recent court ruling suggests, which could give public employees the power to keep anything private by failing to preserve it. Veteran Alaska attorney Don Mitchell has appealed the ruling, saying that it “guts” the law requiring that government records be made public.”

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Bill would limit access to online court records

Journal Sentinel – “Madison — Public access to online court records would be dramatically scaled back under a bill before the state Assembly. The bill by Rep. Marlin Schneider (D-Wisconsin Rapids) would make court records available online only for those who are convicted of a crime, found liable in a civil case, evicted, or issued a restraining order or injunction by the court.” (via)

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Canada Supreme Court hears media appeal

Associated Press – “Canada’s Supreme Court is hearing an appeal by several media organizations, including The Associated Press, seeking to lift reporting restrictions on preliminary hearings in court cases.”

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2008 Federal Court Statistics: Judicial Facts and Figures

USCourts – “One of the federal judiciary’s major statistical compilations, Judicial Facts and Figures, recently was updated to include caseload statistics and judgeship totals for calendar year 2008.”

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Courts Clamp Down On Jurors’ Web Use

Legal Blog Watch – “We’ve written here about the challenges judges and lawyers face from jurors’ tweets and jurors’ blogs. Separate stories in the news out of California illustrate how courts are dealing with these challenges. “

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The World’s 10 Best Court Web Sites

Legal Blog Watch – “For the 11th year running, Justice Served announced its annual awards for the Top 10 Court Websites in the world.”

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