An Open Source Bluebook May Be Just Around The Corner

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Looks like the good people at the Harvard Law Review who have been aggressively protecting the copyright of our be-loathed Bluebook against all those who would let legal citation free into the wild forgot to renew the copyright on the 10th Edition.

As a consequence, the 10th edition is in the public domain. Public Resource will thus publish an electronic version of the 10th Edition. […]

[W]e have embarked on a joint project with Public Resource to create and publish a public domain version of The Bluebook – a project we refer to as Baby Blue. Our project will mix public domain portions of the 19th edition with newly-created material that implements the Bluebook’s system of citation in a fully usable form.

Couldn’t have happened to a nicer book.

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  • John H.

    Hi Lisa and other Lawyerist folk. Anyone there have info on cite checking software (i.e., to conform the the Bluebook or the California Style Manual). Seems a couple of the old vendors have shut down?

    • Jon

      The best software for Bluebook Citation is Multilingual Zotero (citationstylist.org).

  • Jennifer

    This same thing happened when Warner Bros. forgot to renew the copyright for “It’s a Wonderful Life,” which is why it’s so widely available at Christmas-time.

    • Huh, that’s fascinating. So we watch it because it’s free to the networks, not because it may or may not be a good movie.