zlien Files Lawsuit Against The National Association of Credit Management For Alleged Copyright Infringement of its Mechanics Lien Resources

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Alleging infringement of its copyrights and trade dress, zlien filed a federal lawsuit this week against the National Association of Credit Management for copying resources and content from its zlien.com website.

We believe in accessibility to the mechanics lien process. The alleged copying of zlien's resources and putting them behind a paywall not only violates our copyright, but also violates our core values.

In an effort to defend its intellectual property rights, zlien filed a federal lawsuit against the National Association of Credit Management ("NACM") alleging copyright and trade dress infringement. The 8-page complaint alleges that NACM illegally copied text and links directly from zlien's website and displayed it on their own website for profit.

While acknowledging the value of NACM's stated mission, zlien is committed to protecting the integrity of its published materials.

In a letter to clients, zlien CEO Scott Wolfe explained: "One of our core values is accessibility. We want the mechanics lien process (and information) to be accessible to all businesses. [The alleged] copying of zlien's resources and putting them behind a paywall not only undermines our efforts, but also violates our core values."

zlien's website contains a substantial volume of mechanics lien, bond claim and credit management resources for construction credit professionals. These resources are custom made by, or under the direct supervision of, licensed construction attorneys.

"Because of the enormous expenditure of time and effort in compiling and drafting these resources," says Wolfe, "it is necessary that zlien defend itself from unauthorized use of the same."

The litigation, captioned Express Lien, Inc. v. National Association of Credit Management, Inc., was filed on May 20, 2013, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. It was given Civil Action Number 13-3323.

About Zlien:
Zlien provides software and services to help building supply and construction companies reduce its credit risk and default receivables through the management of mechanics lien and bond claim compliance. Founded by experienced construction attorneys, Zlien is the leading publisher of mechanics lien and bond claim resources and analysis, and has led the industry in innovating credit risk management solutions by utilizing the lien and bond claim laws.

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