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10th Circuit: Court Reporter Not Entitled to Fee for Copied Transcript

Posted Aug 31, 2009 7:33 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A federal appeals court has ruled against a court reporter seeking a “missed fee” from a lawyer who obtained a transcript of a court hearing at a lower price from the city of Albuquerque.

In an unpublished decision, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the court reporter is not entitled to a fee for a copy of a transcript obtained by independent means from another source, the Exclusive Rights blog reports. The Denver-based court said a contrary ruling would effectively give court reporters a copyright in a mere transcription of others’ statements.

The court issued the opinion (PDF posted by the Exclusive Rights blog) on Aug. 21.

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