Posted on September 30, 2008 in IP by Brian RoweView Comments

Endnote (owned by Reuters) has sued George Mason University and Dan Cohen for the latest version of Zotero (a Firefox plugin that lets you save, annotate and academically reference articles you find online).  Here are the case details from The Disruptive Library Technology Jester:

The suit was filed on September 5th in the civil division of Richmond City Circuit Court, case number CL08004225-00. There is not yet any significant information online, but if you are interested in the lawsuit you may want to keep an eye on the Virginia Circuit Court Case Information website. (Because of the way the site is built, one cannot link directly to the case. Select “Richmond City Circuit” from the pull-down list, select “Begin”, then at the next screen select “Civil” and plug in the case number listed above.) No public word from Zotero (nothing in the project’s blog or the forums) or Thomson Reuters (on the EndNote news or the Thomson Scientific news pages) on the lawsuit.

This is ridiculous suing an academic for making software that allows one to manage citations because it competes is with your proprietary software is clearly anti competitive and an abuse of IP law or EULAs.

Take Action: Download and start using Zoteo

Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use Firefox extension to help you collect, manage, and cite your research sources.

Then stop using Reuters products.

I will post the complaint when it becomes publicly available.

Other Coverage:
Boing Boing: Reuters sues academic for making a Firefox plugin that lets you annotate and reference articles
Disruptive Library Technology Jester:  Endnote Zotero Lawsuit

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