Court rules against John S. Herold

International Datashare Corp. has won a courtroom battle over title to its three million US well log data library.

Calgary-based International Datashare Corporation (IDC) announces the results of a Summary Judgment related to a lawsuit between its Riley Electric Log unit and John S. Herold Inc. A federal court in Houston declared that Herold may not reproduce or re-market the Riley logs it had acquired for its libraries since 1995. This result grants protection to Riley for its 3 million US well logs.


IDC president Norm Stein said, “This outcome gives us tremendous confidence that our collection of well logs is protected and that unauthorized copying will not be an accepted practice. Riley has served the US oil and gas industry for over 50 years.”

Riley offers a number of log related products including hardcopy, raster, digital logs. These can be ordered through . Riley also offers log management software and services to allow companies to manage their company log database.

This article originally appeared in Oil IT Journal 2003 Issue # 2.

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