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Link Rot at the Supreme Court

There's something rotten at the U.S. Supreme Court....

There's something rotten at the U.S. Supreme Court.

<p>Specifically, it's the hyperlinks.</p> <p>According to <a href="http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2329161">new research by Jonathan Zittrain, Kendra Albert, and Lawrence Lessig</a>, "50% of the URLs found within U.S. Supreme Court opinions do not link to the originally cited information."</p> <p>It seems we're facing the same issue here in Canada. Several Supreme Court of Canada decisions posted online include hyperlinks that no longer work.</p> <p>For example, <a href="http://scc.lexum.org/decisia-scc-csc/scc-csc/scc-csc/en/item/8006/index.do">Breeden v. Black</a> links to <a href="http://www.ulcc.ca/en/us/Uniform_Court_Jurisdiction_+_Proceedings_Transfer_Act_En.pdf">a PDF document that now results in an error page</a>. <a href="http://scc.lexum.org/decisia-scc-csc/scc-csc/scc-csc/en/item/7856/index.do">R. v. National Post</a> links to a 2004 document from the Canadian Association of Journalists that no longer appears online at the <a href="http://www.eagle.ca/caj/principles/principles-statement-investigative-2004.htm">stated address</a>. Trying to access a <a href="http://www.lawsocietyalberta.com/files/Code.pdf">PDF</a> linked from <a href="http://scc.lexum.org/decisia-scc-csc/scc-csc/scc-csc/en/item/7849/index.do">R. v. Cunningham</a> also results in an error.</p> <p>To find out more about link rot and why's it's particularly problematic in the legal world, Nora interviewed Kendra Albert. They also talked about a proposed solution from the <a href="http://librarylab.law.harvard.edu/blog/2013/09/24/perma-cc/">Harvard Library Innovation Lab</a> called <a href="http://perma.cc/">perma.cc</a></p> <!--START Link Rot at the U.S. Supreme Court AUDIO HERE --> <div class="clear"></div> <!--END Link Rot at the U.S. Supreme Court AUDIO -->

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