Copyright Infringement and Zotero

For those who may have missed it, last fall George Mason University’s Zotero project prompted allegations of copyright infringement. Thomson Reuters, makers of the commercial reference management application EndNote , brought the lawsuit in a Virginia state court accusing GMU of violating itssite license to the EndNote software. Open source advocates are cheering the dismissal of the suit as a major victory. For more detailed information, see the Ars Technica article entitled “EndNote maker’s lawsuit over open-source Zotero dismissed”.

For those unfamiliar with Zotero, a free, easy-to-use Firefox extension designed to help researchers collect, manage, and cite research sources, a video explaining how Zotero works is here.