West and Lexis have "fair use" rights to publish searchable versions of briefs

Judge Jed Rakoff of the Southern Districit in New York   held that legal publishers West and Lexis did not violate copyright law by publishing searchable versions of lawyers briefs. Their conduct was a protected "fair use" because it was transformative, changing the purpose and character of the works. White v. West Publ'g Corp., 2014 WL 3057885 (S.D. N.Y. 2014).