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RECAP Allows PACER Users to Contribute to Free Federal Document Archive

The legal industry is abuzz on the Internet about the Princeton Center for Information Technology’s new Firefox add-on, RECAP, which allows PACER users to help build a public archive of federal court records by donating documents they pay for, which are then available at no charge (over a million documents are available to date.) PACER currently charges users .08 per page.

TechCrunch reporter Michael Arrington says in an August 14, 2009 article in the Washington Post:

If the RIAA can’t stop music sharing, the U.S. government is going to have an even harder time trying to stop the sharing of federal court documents hidden behind a paywall. Those documents aren’t protected by copyright law.

For a simple video explanation of how it all works, see “Watch RECAP in Action”. RECAP’s “About” page also provides a straightforward and clear FAQ, including the answer to the following question:

What Does RECAP Do?
RECAP is an extension (or “add on”) for the Firefox web browser that improves the PACER experience while helping PACER users build a free and open repository of public court records. RECAP users automatically donate the documents they purchase from PACER into a public repository hosted by the Internet Archive. And RECAP saves users money by alerting them when a document they are searching for is already available from this repository. RECAP also makes other enhancements to the PACER experience, including more user-friendly file names.

Have any of you used RECAP yet to donate or access free documents?

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