Fwd:zotero sued by reuters

From: MacKenzie Smith <kenzie_at_MIT.EDU>
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2008 18:58:23 -0400

You gotta love Thompson Reuters (and I do, for Calais, but this might
make me change my mind)

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Reuters is suing Zotero, the open source academic citation system, because it
can convert Endnote citations into open source citation formats.
the suit also targets the Commonwealth of Virginia ... Zotero
is based at George Mason, a state institution.


     The complaint states, "Dr. Daniel J. Cohen, Associate
Professor, Department of History and Art History, and the
director of GMU's Center for History and New media, developed
Zotero, which is a freely distributable, open-source software
based research tool that allows users to gather, organize and
analyze sources, including citations, and freely share the
results with others."

     The Center for History and New Media release "a new beta
version of Zotero to the general public" on July 8. Reuters adds,
"A significant and highly touted feature of the new beta version
of Zotero, however, is its ability to convert - in direct
violation of the License Agreement - Thomson's 3,500 plus
proprietary .ens style files within the EndNote Software into
free, open source, easily distributable Zotero .csl files."
Received on Fri Sep 26 2008 - 18:58:23 EDT

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