Thomson Reuters Takes Virginia to Court over Zotero

Legal news wire service Courthouse News reported recently that Reuters was suing the Commonwealth of Virginia because George Mason University was “handing out its proprietary software.” Nothing is ever that simple, is it?

George Mason University’s Center for History and New Media distributes Zotero, an open source Firefox extension that helps users collect and manage citations found on the web. It performs a similar function as Thomson Reuter’s EndNote software. The lawsuit is based on the premise that Zotero’s newest beta is able to convert the proprietary EndNote format to the open CSL (Citation Style Language) format.



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