January 16, 2022

In Development "National Fine Print Repository to be a CliffsNotes for contracts"

From a Column in the LA Times by David Lazarus:

The database, to be unveiled in the coming months by Internet entrepreneur David Hirsch, will provide a resource for people to get clear explanations of all that legal gobbledygook loaded in contracts for cellphones, credit cards and other products or services.


Think of the National Fine Print Repository as a sort of CliffsNotes for contracts. Users will run a search for whatever company they’re doing business with. If the contract is in the database, an easy-to-understand summary of key provisions will pop up.


The database already contains about 2,000 contracts for banks, credit card issuers, cellphone companies and retirement accounts, Hirsch said. In the future, the scope of industries will include mortgage lenders, insurance providers, travel companies and software makers.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.