RECAP Used To Show Vacated Rulings That A Judge Wanted Gone

from the is-this-good-or-bad dept

Last week, we wrote about the launch of RECAP, a neat little tool for making sure that more public domain court rulings are actually accessible to the public (what a concept). Apparently, the tool is already useful. Thomas O'Toole points us to the news of someone who used RECAP to point to rulings that were vacated and then (oddly) ordered to be removed from various databases. All of this was a part of a settlement agreement. Rulings get vacated all the time, but having the judge order the various databases that hold rulings to delete them seems a bit extreme. However, thanks to RECAP it seems that the original rulings are still available. Yet another reminder that you can't make things disappear online.

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    Pcb manufacture, Aug 20th, 2009 @ 12:45am


    In the dark ages some governments tried to band the printing of certain books when the new technology of mass printing was embraced, some of those books are still in existance today.

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    NullOp, Aug 20th, 2009 @ 5:20am


    How wonderful, the ability to take back what you said. Its like when we were all kids. Apparently some of are still kids. Its nice to know RECAP is there with the original ruling.

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    PRMan, Aug 20th, 2009 @ 6:51am

    Quick, publish them on Wikileaks

    Put them on Wikileaks before the judge orders RECAP to remove them.

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 20th, 2009 @ 9:39am

    Yay Streisand Effect!

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