French Government Report: Creativity and the Internet

The French government has published a report (Creation et Internet) on the future regulation of the Internet. The report discusses intellectual property and proposals to tax search engines, such as Google. Patrick Zelnik, Jacques Tubon, and Guillaume Cerutti authored the report on behalf of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication.  Text available in French. 

Creation et Internet (January 2010)

http://www.culture.gouv.fr/mcc/Espace-Presse/Dossiers-de-presse/Rapport-Creation-et-Internet

Using Bing Search Engine for Foreign Legal Research

The Bing search engine seems to be indexing  specific resources from LexisNexis. For example, a search of  [france lexis] produced the following result in position number four:

Full Search results: http://www.bing.com/search?q=lexis+france&entrypoint=IE-SearchBox&FORM=LENIE

This link leads directly to LexisNexis’ Doing Business in France (File Name DBFRAN). Although very useful, Bing does not provide a title for the link; it only provides the www.lexis.com title. Similar searches for Russian statutes [russia lexis laws] lead directly to LexisNexis’ Economic Laws of the Russian Federation database , but again failed to include the publication name in the link. 

Full search results for [russia lexis laws]: http://www.bing.com/search?q=russia+lexis+laws&entrypoint=IE-SearchBox&FORM=LENIE

Bing’s searching of LexisNexis resources is welcome, but here’s hoping that the links can be made much more  informative.

I was not able to locate specific Westlaw database links using Bing, or at least they did not appear in the top 5 results. 

Bing Search Engine

http://www.bing.com/

LexisNexis & Westlaw Search Engines

LexisNexis and Westlaw are both ramping up their Web search engine indexing efforts.

Westlaw’s is Westlaw WebPlus.

Lexis’ is LexisWeb — free for the time being because of its beta status.

See the LexisWeb User Reference Guide.

Hat tip to today’s Law Librarian Blog.