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The intranet concept – in which Internet-style technology is used in a private, company-wide network – is to be used for the first time by a corporate legal department, says US company Corprasoft.

Chief Legal Officer, the database management system supplied by Corprasoft, will form the basis of the intranets for the respective corporate legal departments of the

US retailer JC Penney and global paper company International Paper.

The project, which began its development stage this week, is expected to be in full use by August.