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April 7, 2005

Experiment: Request for Comments On Capital Records v. Naxos

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Posted by Marty Schwimmer

Guest post regarding our Group Annotation thread. Kevin Heller of TechLawAdvisor responds:

You asked whether group annotation of legal cases would be useful. I say let's find out. I've created a wiki at . where blawgers and others can help annotate legal decisions. I think this would be much more useful than linking to a pdf file of the decision.

It's also pretty easy to do. First, go to any case page and click the drop down menu title "more actions..." and select Edit Page in WYSIWYG (I assume most everyone is familiar with this). From there you will have access to the text to edit and annotate using the MS word like toolbar.

I've just uploaded, so let's get to work: Capital Records v. Naxos .


Comments (3) + TrackBacks (0) | Category: Open Source Lawyering | Participatory Law


1. Kevin Heller on April 7, 2005 11:17 AM writes...

Just one clarification. Click here for an example of annotation and here for an example of simple linkification.

Thanks Marty.

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2. Karl-Friedrich Lenz on April 15, 2005 12:43 AM writes...

Still no one biting.

I wrote this at the Wiki page:

"Interesting and thorough criticism of this strange decision at

This case clearly shows that having a "Common Law Copyright" in parallel to federal copyright law is a recipe for completely arbitrary results."

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3. Remi Stranx on April 20, 2005 3:48 PM writes...

i just want to mention here a french wiki site, named after the current debate on the European "Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe". It's coming out as a service offered to people before the french referendum in May 29 (2005) :

Initiated by french citizens, its goal is to offer an hypertext version of this big and pretty unreadable text (for "ordinary" people), and possibly let the readers comment it out on so called "SocialPages".

There's an english description of this wiki there :

I realize that it's not exactly the same issue as yours, but it seems to me like it's related in a way

Remi Stranx.

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