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Assessment Technologies of WI, LLC v. WIREdata, Inc.
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
350 F.3d 640 (2003)
Assessment Technologies of Wisconsin (AT) (plaintiff) developed software. AT was responsible for the organization of data collected by property-tax assessors in Wisconsin. Tax assessors recorded data about homes—their owners, the number of rooms, and so forth—and then submitted the data to a system maintained by AT. The system sorted the data into a format that was used by the counties. WIREdata (defendant) sought to collect the data for listings. WIREdata solicited several counties in Wisconsin for the data. Some counties provided the data, but three refused. These counties claimed they would infringe on AT’s copyright in the data that the counties had stored. AT then sued WIREdata in federal district court for copyright infringement in order to stop WIREdata from collecting the data. The district court ruled in favor of AT. WIREdata appealed to the Seventh Circuit.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Posner, J.)
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