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1.8 million pages of federal case law to become freely available.



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http://public.resource.org/case_law_announcement.html

November 14, 2007 | public.resource.org | ANNOUNCEMENT

1.8 million pages of federal case law to become freely available.

WASHINGTON, D.C. / SEBASTOPOL, CA -- Public.Resource.Org 
<http://public.resource.org/> and Fastcase, Inc. 
<http://www.fastcase.com/> announced today that they will release a 
large and free archive of federal case law, including all Courts of 
Appeals decisions from 1950 to the present and all Supreme Court 
decisions since 1754. The archive will be public domain and usable by 
anyone for any purpose.

"The U.S. judiciary has allowed their entire work product to be locked 
up behind a cash register," said Carl Malamud, CEO of 
Public.Resource.Org. "Law is the operating system of our society and 
today's agreement means anybody can read the source for a substantial 
amount of case law that was previously unavailable."

Fastcase, the leading developer of next-generation American legal 
research, has agreed to provide Public.Resource.Org with 1.8 million 
pages of federal case law. This is a marked departure for the online 
legal research industry, which traditionally has charged expensive 
subscription fees to access this information.

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