Friday, September 26, 2008

Zotero News

Some bad Zotero news today. They are being sued.
Thomson Reuters demands $10 million and an injunction to stop George Mason University from distributing its new Web browser application, Zotero software, an open-source format that allows users to convert Reuters' EndNote Software. Reuters claims George Mason is violating its license agreement and destroying the EndNote customer base.
I like Endnote even less now. Just the threat of this could be enough to make a small school back off.


Bruce said...

While this is thoroughly predictable (it's what thug companies do), I don't think this is that big a deal. The lawsuit focuses on a very small feature (it just converts Endnote style files into the internal CSL-based representation), that can be easily removed from Zotero. But I do think this is a distraction in any case.

Unknown said...

This is warning sign for consumer, not to be ignored. First the company asks for a fee to use its service, and then threatens others so user/customer is stuck always with its service. This time it is attacking very basic right that data belongs to consumer whatever format they are in and consumer has right to convert in whatever format he/she want.

Roger Hiles said...

You'd think that "plays nice with others" would be a desirable thing in the face of increased competition, rather than this lawyerish bullying.

By trying to trap customer data inside their product, they've just given everyone a great reason *not* to use it.