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Thread: PACER! A Free People Must Have Open Access to the Law: Research Is Just the Beginning

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    PACER! A Free People Must Have Open Access to the Law: Research Is Just the Beginning

    But access to the law has been limited in practice. Not long ago, most court document and decisions were only available to those who had access to physical repositories. Digitization and the Internet changed that, but even today most federal court documents live behind a government paywall known as PACER. And until recently, legal decisions were difficult to access if you couldn’t afford a subscription to a commercial service, such as Westlaw, that compiles and tracks those decisions.

    The good news: open access crusaders like Public.Resource.Org and the Center for Information Technology Policy have worked hard to correct the situation by publishing legal and government documents and giving citizens the tools to do so themselves.

    https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2014/1...pen-access-law

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare View Post
    But access to the law has been limited in practice. Not long ago, most court document and decisions were only available to those who had access to physical repositories. Digitization and the Internet changed that, but even today most federal court documents live behind a government paywall known as PACER. And until recently, legal decisions were difficult to access if you couldn’t afford a subscription to a commercial service, such as Westlaw, that compiles and tracks those decisions.

    The good news: open access crusaders like Public.Resource.Org and the Center for Information Technology Policy have worked hard to correct the situation by publishing legal and government documents and giving citizens the tools to do so themselves.

    https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2014/1...pen-access-law

    Open Access Button https://www.openaccessbutton.org/
    The Westlaw subscription I seem to remember is pretty pricey. But PACER's "paywall" is minimal cost. I use PACER daily in my business searching hundreds of people monthly and reviewing several cases in detail. Even that heavy usage only costs around $15 a month. It really is nominal. That cost is insignificant to just the transportation costs it used to take to drive the 3 miles to the local federal building to do the searches not to mention the time that involved. And withh PACER I can search from my office or home 24/7/365.

    As to PACER, IMO, this is a complaint in search of an issue.
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