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Perma: Scoping and Addressing the Problem of Link and Reference Rot in Legal Citations


Jonathan Zittrain


Harvard Law School and Kennedy School; Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; Berkman Center for Internet & Society

Kendra Albert


Harvard Law School

Lawrence Lessig


Harvard University - Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics; Harvard Law School

October 1, 2013

Harvard Public Law Working Paper No. 13-42

Abstract:     
We document a serious problem of reference rot: more than 70% of the URLs within the Harvard Law Review and other journals, and 50% of the URLs found within United States Supreme Court opinions, do not link to the originally cited information.

Given that, we propose a solution for authors and editors of new scholarship that involves libraries undertaking the distributed, long-term preservation of link contents.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 24

Keywords: URLs, Internet, Link Rot, Reference Rot, Archiving Preservation

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Date posted: September 23, 2013 ; Last revised: February 15, 2014

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Zittrain, Jonathan and Albert, Kendra and Lessig, Lawrence, Perma: Scoping and Addressing the Problem of Link and Reference Rot in Legal Citations (October 1, 2013). Harvard Public Law Working Paper No. 13-42. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2329161 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2329161

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Jonathan Zittrain (Contact Author)
Harvard Law School and Kennedy School ( email )
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
1875 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
Berkman Center for Internet & Society
Harvard Law School
23 Everett, 2nd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
Kendra Albert
Harvard Law School ( email )
1563 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
Lawrence Lessig
Harvard University - Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics ( email )
124 Mount Auburn Street
Suite 520N
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Harvard Law School ( email )
1575 Massachusetts
Hauser 406
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
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