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New Service Allows Posting of Documents to Your Web Site

One feature that I've always enjoyed about the Smoking Gun is how the site doesn't just reference documents, but embeds them like this right in the site for all the world to see.  Well, now you can achieve the same result at your own Web site or blog.  As Future Lawyer Rick Georges shares, Docstoc.com is offering a new tool that allows users to embed documents directly into your blog or Web site. 

The possibilities for this new service are endless.  Sure, most bloggers always had the ability to upload PDF files and make them available at their site, but let's face it... how many readers actually take the time to open or download the PDF file and read through it?  Now, with docstoc, site visitors don't need to download or open a document; they can simply view it right at your site just as easily as an embedded YouTube video (though in most cases, probably not nearly as entertaining!)

At the same time, because the new docstoc service makes a document so visible, could it potentially breed copyright claims?  As discussed in this article, the issue of whether legal briefs are protected by copyright law is complex, but there are compelling arguments that they are.  By embedding a brief in a site and making it more visible, a blogger may attract more traffic and thus, gain more of a benefit from posting the brief than when it's displayed in PDF format.   As a result, the author of a brief -- particularly one that's held up for public criticism -- might be more likely to assert copyright protection than when the brief is accessible only in PDF format.  Readers or bloggers -- any thoughts on this issue? 

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on January 31, 2008 at 04:37 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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