Law.com has a good summary of the way projects seeking to make opinions, statutes, and other legal materials free. The history of these efforts goes back to the early 90s, but the recent changes may the ones to threaten the big shots. According to the article Public Resource now offers “virtually all of the Federal Reporter second and third series, said to be the equivalent of 1,858 volumes of case law.” The link to the courts resource seems broken (kept displaying directory page) but assuming it will work just as the other services on Public.Resource do (Smithsonian, House of Representatives, and Dept. of Commerce are covered by the group as well), that will be a big step in offering open access to the law.
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