Thomson Reuters Sues ROSS Intelligence For Using West Key Note System and Headnotes Data As A Jump Start

The complaint, filed today in U.S. District Court in Delaware, alleges that ROSS “intentionally and knowingly” induced the legal research and writing company LegalEase Solutions to use its Westlaw account to reproduce Westlaw data and deliver it to ROSS en masse.

ROSS did this after West denied it a license of its own on the basis that West does not give competitors access to its products, the complaint says.

“ROSS did so, not for the purposes of legal research, but to rush out a competing product without having to spend the resources, creative energy, and time to create it itself,” the complaint alleges. “The net result is that Plaintiffs are now being put in the unfair position of having to compete with a product that they unknowingly helped create.”

Source: Thomson Reuters Sues ROSS Intelligence Claiming Theft Of Proprietary Data | LawSites

The suit centers on ROSS allegedly striking a deal with LegalEase that included LegalEase using bots to scrap the West Key Numbers and Headnotes and then handing that data over to ROSS. The complaint is worth a read because it demonstrates that Thomson Reuters fully understands it has no claim of copyright in the actual court opinions. It mentions repeatedly that this suit is about TR’s proper copyrights in key numbers and headnotes. It will be interesting to see where this goes.

Citing ‘zero lethal threat’ to students, Purdue works to reopen college for fall 2020

Citing ‘zero lethal threat’ to students, Purdue works to reopen college for fall 2020 https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/education/2020/04/25/coronavirus-college-fall-2020-purdue-university-mitch-daniels/3018469001/

6 open source teaching tools for virtual classrooms :: opensource.com

As schools and universities are shutting down around the globe due to COVID-19, many of us in academia are wondering how we can get up to speed and establish a stable workflow to get our podcasts, online lectures, and tutorials out there for our students. Open source software (OSS) has a key role to play in this situation for many reasons, including:

Source: 6 open source teaching tools for virtual classrooms

Continuous Deployments for WordPress Using GitHub Actions | CSS-Tricks

Continuous Integration (CI) workflows are considered a best practice these days. As in, you work with your version control system (Git), and as you do, CI is doing work for you like running tests, sending notifications, and deploying code. That last part is called Continuous Deployment (CD). But shipping code to a production server often requires paid services. With GitHub Actions, Continuous Deployment is free for everyone. Let’s explore how to set that up.

Source: Continuous Deployments for WordPress Using GitHub Actions | CSS-Tricks

8 easy ways to reuse your old Android phone or tablet | Android Central

8 easy ways to reuse your old Android phone or tablet | Android Central https://www.androidcentral.com/eight-ways-easily-reuse-your-old-android-phone-tablet

My Twitter Digest for 04/20/2020

I find Ozzy’s latest album fascinating

I like this album a lot. The lyrics are really getting to me. I mean how many times are you going to hear defecation in a rock lyric?