February 11, 2008 · Lessig
As announced at public.resource.org, CC and public.resource.org have announced the first release of material to support our free law project. After raising a large chunk of change from great and generous sorts like David Boies, John Gilmore, the Omidyar Network and the Elbaz Foundation, we’ve purchased a database of a substantial part of all federal cases. Carl’s team has now made all the data available in a beautiful, xml format for developers to take and use however they want. The however they want part is what’s assured by the CCØ mark on all cases — no rights, including attribution rights, are asserted over these data at all. Free law available for anyone to build search engines, or collections, or whatever else they want.
This is just the first step in this joint venture that CC and public.resource.org have launched. Stay tuned for more public acts of manumission, soon. Thanks especially to Carl for making this happen, and the generous support of the funders for making this happen in a different sense.