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Malamud on Law.gov @ Berkman Center

Carl Malamud of Public.Resource.Org discusses the Law.gov legal open government data project, in an interview podcast with David Weinberger of Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society.

Here is the abstract:

This week we sit down with Carl Malamud, who with the group Public.Resource.org is pushing to put law in the public domain. We covered the issue of copyright on law a few months ago in Radio Berkman 129 where Steve Schultze introduced us to RECAP – a software that helps legal researchers bypass hefty fees for access to legal documents. There is now a movement afoot, not just to bypass the system that puts law behind a paywall, but to remove it altogether. If you think this is a small issue – note that Americans spend some $10 billion a year just to access legal documents, everything from local building codes to Supreme Court records. The Executive Branch alone pays $50 million to access district court records. Some cash-strapped law schools ration students’ access to per-page charging services for legal records. And journalists, non-profits, and average citizens interested in legal research are feeling just as nickeled-and-dimed by fees. David Weinberger and Carl Malamud sat down to talk about the chances for freeing the written word of the law.

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