The Blog Formerly Known As Practical Paralegalism
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.
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.
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?