by Mike Masnick
Tue, Mar 17th 2009 3:09pm
dc bar association
There's been no shortage of stories about misplaced anger (and sometimes lawsuits) filed against all kinds of rating sites lately, and the latest situation is equally questionable. Against Monopoly points us to the news that the Washington DC Bar Association has sent a cease-and-desist letter to lawyer-rating site, Avvo, claiming that Avvo's use of information on the DC Bar's website violates copyright and privacy rights. It would be great if some lawyers chimed in, but I have a hard time seeing either claim making any sense. On the copyright side, the information appears to mostly be factual information, which isn't covered by copyright. On the privacy side (and local privacy laws do differ), if the information is public information, it's difficult again to explain how anyone's privacy is being violated. It seems like yet another attempt by folks who just don't like being rated to try to come up with something (anything!) to shut the site down, rather than figuring out ways to work with the provider and improve their own quality.
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