How can Internet research be used properly and reliably in law? This paper
analyzes several key and very different issues affecting judges, jurors, and lawyers.
With respect to judges, this paper discusses the rules of judicial conduct and how
they guide the appropriate use of the Internet for research; the standards for judicial
notice; and whether judges can consider a third category of non-adversarially
presented, non-judicially noticed factual evidence. With respect to jurors, this paper
discusses causes of and deterrents to jurors conducting Internet research during
trials; and the recourse available to parties who are adversely impacted by such
behavior. With respect to lawyers, this paper discusses reliance on and potential
pitfalls of using free Internet resources to conduct legal research; the dangers of
rotten Internet links; and evidentiary considerations in citing to Internet evidence.
This volume includes scholarship from H. Albert Liou and Jasper L. Tran, who explore how Internet research can be used properly and reliably in law; scholarship from Megan Svedman examining issues with the use of copyrights in the world of artificial intelligence; scholarship from Kevin Ashley and Dean Alderucci, discussing the use of artificial intelligence techniques to partially automate patent claim analysis in regards to the definiteness requirement; and scholarship by Ian Schick discussing how the principles of lean production could be adapted to address issues in the patent ecosystem.