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2 Answers | Asked in Copyright for California on
Q: Are court documents considered public domain for purposes of posting them on a website or blog?

I'm being sued by a copyright troll and want to document the process on my website. However, I don't want to get sued for posting court documents online.

Does it make any difference if I am the plaintiff, defendant, or an uninterested third-party?

Timothy J. Stanley
Timothy J. Stanley answered on Oct 14, 2013

Depends on what the document is. Judicial opinions and orders from Federal Judges are not copyrighted, as it is Federal work product. For state judicial opinions and orders, the courts have not allowed an enforceable copyright. Recently some lawyers sued West and Lexis for having their briefs as... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for California on
Q: I have a green card for 23 years. With the latest immigration law has anything changed in terms of naturalization?
Timothy J. Stanley
Timothy J. Stanley answered on Oct 15, 2013

There have been no recent changes in the immigration laws, as Congress has been unable to agree on any immigration reform measures. That said, you might want to become naturalized, as their are certain benefits to being a US citizen, including reducing the chance that you might be deported if a... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for California on
Q: What is an amicus brief
Timothy J. Stanley
Timothy J. Stanley answered on Oct 27, 2010

Amicus or amicus curiae is Latin for a 'friend of the court.' An amicus curiae is not a litigant, but a party interested in the outcome of the case.

Amicus briefs are legal position statements that the interested party must first ask the court for, and receive, permission to...
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Q: definition of DOES 1 - 100 inclusive
Timothy J. Stanley
Timothy J. Stanley answered on Oct 25, 2010

"Does", "John Doe" or "Jane Doe" are placeholder name used in legal actions for people whose true identity is unknown or must be withheld for legal reasons. "Does 1-100" being used in a particular case probably means that there are up to 100 additional... Read more »

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