The Business And The Legal Publishing Sector

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What does the future hold for the legal market and the legal publishing sector?
Will a Korean client 3D-print a chip holding all U.S. case law to plug directly into her neural pathway in a William Gibson-esque 2030?
Will a technology giant such as Google have applied artificial intelligence to merger control regulations worldwide, enabling companies to bypass both law firms and legal publishers?
Perhaps cohorts of micro-bloggers will replace the legal publishing behemoths by delivering niche content to defined audiences funded as law firm marketing exercises or by micro-revenue streams from Taboola and Google ads?
The sharing economy may take hold, establishing one or many legalwikis that leave publishers disintermediated.
Will lawyers have been automated out of existence? Or will it all still just be about getting the right content to the right people at the right time?
Technology – friend or foe?
With the application of technology, the publishing industry as a whole is undergoing its biggest revolution since Gutenberg. At the same time, technology, process engineering and commercial pressures are changing the legal services market beyond recognition. Sitting at the nexus of these two industries, legal publishing has changed dramatically in the last decade and the pace of that change is only set to increase.
Legal publishing is just one trade vertical. Lessons learnt in other sectors, such as medical or tax, will be transferred. Major technological developments in

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