Ding, Dong, The Contract’s Dead…

January 31, 2013 § 5 Comments

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Finally, after years of suffering from killer subscription fees, the folks at UA are free of our Westlaw bonds. We’ve been waiting for this day for a long, long, long, long time. The contract is dead.

Please join us at the office today for cake and Scotch.

Long live Casemaker.

§ 5 Responses to Ding, Dong, The Contract’s Dead…

  • I bought a West product in 1993. It was a disc version of cases and statutes (before the internet made such a thing obsolete). They used to send me paper updates monthly since the discs were only updated quarterly. I cancelled that service sometime around 1997 or 1998. I still get the paper updates all the time even though I’ve told them several times to stop it. They don’t bill me or anything (and they better not) but they still send those stupid paper updates that I just throw away.

    • Eric says:

      Perhaps they’ve read your motions and believe you need a bit of extra help. You never know. After all, they’re here to help, preferably with a 2-year contract.

      Did I mention that my K is now dead? Because of that, I’m giving you a slice of cake from the edge, but not one of the yellow flowers. I like you, but not that much.

  • shg says:

    There used to be one choice in lawyer town, West. And then upstart Lexis came along, with its new fangled technology (I used the CDs when they came out too so I could stop paying for the book every month). Then it was a duopoly, still fantastically expensive when you remember that the content was created by judges who were paid by taxpayers.

    If was one thing when we bought actual paper books. The decisions had to be typeset (by children in Malaysia), and put into dead tree form with cool brown covers. But once they made it to digital media, the cost should have dropped to nearly nothing. Yet it continued to be astronimically expensive, which made some of the plans look appealing, as they were just moderaly expensive.

    The claim to fame when Lexis went online was its searchable interface, which was so convoluted and difficult to use that it required constant training and retraining, and still nobody was sure if their research was sufficient, and the results were alway buggy. Worse still, the ability to have a stack of books, open to their appropriate pages, lying on the library table was lost.

    There was only one really important question back then: would anybody buy the $50,000 worth of books taking up space in the library? Sadly, the answer was no. In fact, you couldn’t even give them away.

    I’m sorry. What were you saying again?

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