by Mike Masnick
Wed, Aug 19th 2009 11:39pm
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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