Recently I ran across a Court Reporter's Blog concerning Fair Pricing of Legal Transcripts. The gist of the
blog was how one attorney purchases the transcript and then gives opposing counsel a "freebie" copy of the transcript.
Excerpted from her
"The fact is that standard pricing practices for transcripts have
always taken into consideration that a legal transcript is something that is usually required by both sides of a lawsuit in
order for each side to do their job properly. ... If attorneys began passing around free copies of transcripts, court reporters
would only be partially paid for the work they perform. ... We would need to change our pricing in order to be fully compensated.
... This would almost double the cost of a transcript for the ordering party."
From taking what she is saying at face value, I can somewhat see her complaint. However, she goes onto talk about
"Again, the fact that there are sometimes multiple
parties has also been figured into the pricing structure we use. Yes, sometimes we are able to sell extra copies of a transcript
in the case of multiple parties. But there are also many times when only the original is ordered, and no one is ordering the
copy. In those cases, we are making considerably less than we should on a transcript and the work that went into producing
it. So the extra orders we receive occasionally from multiple parties help make up for those times when only one side is ordering."
So, all right -- one copy they are losing money.
Two copies per the first excerpt, would pay for the full transcript and they would be fully compensated. But, what I am confused
about is the second except and multiple copies. If they are fully compensated with two copies, than three, four, five or more,
are pure profit.
never seen a depo taken where there was not a court reporter. However, more and more court rooms have gone strictly digital,
bypassing the court reporter and transcripts are ordered from a transcriptionist who listens to the court room audio and types.
Hmmm, is this due to money/cost
saving measures? I don't know. Myself, I receive audio discovery (police interviews, investigative reports, etc.) from
lawyers or their clients who are trying to save a few dollars and find their own transcriptionist than have someone in
their lawyer's office do it. I furnish a PDF file to the client -- they've paid for it. If they want to make 1,001 copies,
they've paid me for it. The file/transcript belongs to them.
As a legal transcriptionist, I personally don't
have a problem with court reporters. I don't believe the feeling is mutual. There are plenty of transcripts out there needing
transcribed -- I believe the arena is big enough for all of us.
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I just got home from a week-long, 2,600 mile motorcycle trip. I am the designated photographer for our annual bike
rides. I took 3,000 photos -- roughly a little over one photo for every mile. Before digital cameras, I can't even imagine
what I would have spent on film and developing on just this trip.
I have several photo-editing software packages.
Each have features I like, and each have things I don't like. Now if I could just find one package that combined all
my likes, then I could do away with the need for numerous software.
Over the weekend I was Internet surfing for
the one perfect photo-editing software that would meet my needs. There are a ton of them out there. Many are no different
than all the ones I already own.
I think I did find a perfect solution and meets all my likes. The price
tag is pretty pricy, but when you consider what I've spent on all the packages I already own, it is pretty much a wash.
The thing that I really like about this "hope-to-be" everything I need and am looking for software, is the
fact that they allow you to download a "free" version first to see and try before you actually buy. In the past, had
I been allowed to "try before you buy," I'm sure I wouldn't have purchased, at least a few, of the software editing
packages I now own.
I was flabbergasted to read a testimonial on their FAQ page. This individual downloaded the
free trial software, and actually put together what appeared to be a pretty elaborate slide show. Their complaint is that
there is a watermark throughout the slide show, making the slide show completely unusable. I mean, is this person really real?
Do they really think and believe that if you have a free trial version on one hand, and a high-dollar purchase version on
the other hand, that the free/trial version is going to either be the full version, or not have some copyright or other watermark
across the face of the photos? Why on earth would you expect to get the benefits of the whole "wham bang" package
for free? -- and why would you spend hours putting together a complete slide show without testing it after five, 10 or 15
photos to see what it looks like?--and if you had tested the slide show as you were creating it, you would know that
the free trial version was simply intended to show you the benefits of the full and paid software package.
analogies come to my mind: "You get what you pay for" and don't expect "something for nothing."
Until you have actually purchased something with green cash or plastic, you have absolutely no right to complain about something
you didn't pay a dime for!
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