Some good news for Opensource software, in which a suit was dismissed, filed by Thomson Reuters against George Mason University and an injunction against Zotero ( “a free, easy-to-use Firefox extension to help you collect, manage, and cite your research sources”). Thomson puts out EndNote (search online bibliographic databases, organize their references, images and PDFs in any language, and create bibliographies and figure lists instantly) and complained that Zotero’s ability to access EndNote code and files, thus allowing one to copy/access their EndNote citations, breached a reverse-engineering clause with George Mason University, as they produce Zotero.
Way to go Thomson, go after the research/educational institutions and tie them up in courts. That’s what we need more of, wasting education time and dollars on legal fees. I’m glad the judge saw this case clearly and didn’t side with the giant information behemoth.
And if you haven’t used, Zotero is great and free product.