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Internet Screenshots Admissible As Evidence, Judge Rules

May 19, 2016

An archived version of a website may be submitted as evidence to prove unauthorized use of a trademark online, after the image itself has been removed, according to a district court judge in Kansas. In Marten Transport v. PlatForm, a trucking company claims that a job posting site for truck drivers illegally used its trademark, and asked to be able to introduce screenshots from The Wayback Machine, an Internet Archive tool that preserves versions of websites every few weeks or months dating back to 1996. The court said it would allow the screenshots along with testimony from an Internet Archive employee who had personal knowledge of the content of the archive.

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