Has legal information been commoditized? A 3 Geeks and a Law Blog post tackles this issue. It would certainly seem that primary source material has been commoditized and even some secondary source material may be on its way to widget status as editorial budgets are cut.
Robert McKay in a comment to the post writes:
I think they (i.e. the large publishers) may have lost their ability to develop non-commoditized content while not having the vision to exploit the primary sources.