Mini-Mental Status Lawsuit ???

Sued for Doing a Mini-Mental Status Exam ?????

In theory, yes.  If a copyright work is “performed” without permission, you’re liable.  “Perform” usually means on stage; I don’t know about it’s being “administered.”  “Fair Use” allows you to make copies for teaching; I don’t know about diagnosing.  You certainly wouldn’t want to print & sell copies, and maybe your institution won’t even want to make copies for exam rooms, though I haven’t heard of plaintiffs trolling clinics the way ASCAP circulates in bars & coffee shops to enforce rights for music covers.

Actually, I should disclose that I don’t really know anything here; I’m not an attorney, didn’t study law [maybe you can guess why].

Other researchers developed a similar tool called “Sweet Sixteen” and allowed free use.  They promptly got sued, & as part of the settlement, agreed to “remove it from the Internet”.  At least that’s what I read, but googling “sweet 16 mental status” came up with “about 1,930,000 results in 0.29 seconds.  There are even images (mixed in with draw sheets for Sweet 16 sports tournaments).

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