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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The RECAP project takes the movement surrounding using the Internet to foster greater government transparency to the judicial branch. Today, the U.S. government puts federal court records online in a system called PACER: Public Access to Electronic Court Records. PACER keeps documents behind a pay-wall and suffers many usability shortcomings. Fortunately, these public documents are not eligible for copyright, so once a document has been retrieved from PACER, it may be freely shared and reproduced. RECAP enables citizens to easily share federal court documents. The goal of this project is to publish an extensive archive to the public for free.

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PACER, RECAP, and Free Law