Ed Felten, of the Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP), has created a novel way to set documents free from PACER‘s paywall. A Firefox extension, dubbed RECAP, has been created and distributed by the group. Anyone who uses PACER with RECAP will have all the documents purchased, mirrored and uploaded to the Internet Archive. This is allowed due to the fact that copyright is not applied to court documents. If enough users download RECAP and contribute to this process, another barrier to access court information will fall. For access to free caselaw on the web, check out our sister site, The Public Library of Law (www.plol.org).
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