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53 Am. Bus. L.J. 145 (2016)
The Use of Legal Crowdsourcing (Lawsourcing) to Achieve Legal, Regulatory, and Policy Objectives

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American Business Law Journal
Volume 53, Issue 1, 145-192, Spring 2016

The Use of Legal Crowdsourcing

(Lawsourcing) to Achieve Legal,

Regulatory, and Policy Objectives

David Orozco*


The term crowdsourcing was coined in 2005 to describe how some
companies replaced employees and suppliers with an undefined, gener-
ally large group of individuals via an open call on the Internet.1 Today,
crowdsourcing is a well-established method of business production,
with start-ups and established enterprises alike using this model to
create and deliver value. These enterprises range from t-shirt

*Associate Professor of Legal Studies, College of Business, Florida State University;
dorozco@fsu.edu. The author thanks Jake Linford for offering helpful comments
and Barbara Kaplan for providing thorough research assistance. The author likewise
appreciates the useful feedback provided by the 2015 Academy of Legal Studies in
Business conference attendees and the anonymous referees who reviewed this
'William Safire, On Language, N.Y. TIMES (Feb. 5, 2009), http://www.nytimes.com/
2009/02/08/magazine/08wwln-safire-t.html (describing how Wired Magazine editors
Jeff Howe and Mark Robinson coined the term); see also Jeff Howe, Crowdsourcing:
A Definition, CROWDSOURCING (June 2, 2006, 10:30 AM), http://www.crowdsourcing.
com/cs/2006/06/crowdsourcinga.html (Simply defined, crowdsourcing represents
the act of a company or institution taking a function once performed by employees
and outsourcing it to an undefined (and generally large) network of people in the
form of an open call. This can take the form of peer-production (when the job is
performed collaboratively), but is also often undertaken by sole individuals. The
crucial prerequisite is the use of the open call format and the large network of
potential laborers.).
© 2016 The Author
American Business Law Journal © 2016 Academy of Legal Studies in Business

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