Maritime Law Book to Provide Free Access

This from Maritime Law Book to Slaw:

Effective June 1, 2008 Maritime Law Book will provide free access to over 215,000 cases in our 12 databases that cover every common law jurisdiction in Canada plus the House of Lords and Privy Council (U.K.).

No registration is required. And the databases are searchable.

Free access is limited to the judgment without a headnote. Also the free access does not include the MLB Key Number System.

Existing subscribers will continue to have access to our time saving headnote material at existing prices. And note that all users will now have access to all 215,000 cases.

Access to the B.C.T.C. and O.T.C. databases will be free, including those cases that have been assigned key numbers.

The 12 databases include an estimated 17,000 cases from the 1960s and the 1970s that are not on CANLII.

Currently access is free for a short trial period.

I’ll be interested to see what the copyright provisions are. It would be a shame — though perhaps understandable — if CanLII were not able to fold those 17,000 cases into its database.

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