WestlawNext rocks with natural language searches (the so-called west searches)!
e.g. to find Robin Thicke’s complaint against the Funkadelic, all you need to type Thicke copyright funkadelic in the West Research Bar or
- choose “all federal” and “all state” jurisdiction
- type “robin thicke sued funkadelic”
- click “search”
- limit view to “trial court documents”
WestlawNext has all statutes and all reported case law and you can locate them in multiple ways
- find primary sources from
- secondary sources
- find the case about my sweet lord having been copied from another song
- (go to CCH Copyright Law Reporter, search for “elements of infringement case law my sweet lord”)
- find primary sources by
- citation (212 F3d 477 or 17 U.S.C. § 101),
- title or party names (ABKCO MUSIC, INC. V. HARRISONGS MUSIC), and
- topic (e.g., use a codified version of federal orstatestatutes and then its index forstatutes; and theWestKeyNumber System for Cases)
- find the USC section on contributory infringement (go to the USCA index and type infringement)
WestlawNext has Keycite for all available statutes and cases!
The KeyCite report indicating whether a statute or case is still good law accompanies all statutes and cases
YES for WestlawNext – it is an amazing database with the best legal search engine to date
NO for WestlawNext
- its search engine is still a work in progress and
- you still need to have a plan and a strategy before you start typing words in the search box!