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Access to records: Court reporters’ ownership of transcripts challenged

The California Legislative Analyst’s Office is recommending phasing out court reporters in favor of electronic transcription. The Office thinks it will save the state $113 million a year but studies have raised doubts that any savings would occur.

Some open government advocates are also challenging the status quo by questioning the benefits of allowing court reporters intellectual property rights to court transcripts ergo the right to collect fees for copies thereby limiting access. -db

From a commentary in the Sacramento Bee, April 25, 2011, by Andy Furillo.

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