Internet Archive Raises Copyright Concerns

It started out as a run-of-the-mill trade secret dispute. In a 2003 lawsuit, a small Philadelphia-based consumer advocacy company called Healthcare Advocates Inc. (HAS) alleged that employees of a rival company called Health Advocate Inc. (HA) fraudulently entered into discussions of a merger or joint-marketing agreement with HAS to gain a competitive advantage by stealing its trade secrets.

A key piece of evidence in the case was the contents of an old version of HAS' Web site. The defendant argued that the information it gained in the merger talks, such as marketing materials and business strategies, was not protected as trade secret information because it was once freely available to the public on HAS' Web site.

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