Help Free PACER–Cast your Vote for Free Court Records at the Internet Archive this Friday!

Public Resource Postcard  Internet activist and founder of Public.Resource.org, Carl Malamud is launching a national campaign to free millions of court documents in PACER–Public Access to Court Electronic Records–the technologically backwards federal electronic system that charges Americans 10 cents per page to access court files in the public domain.  This Friday, you can come by the Internet Archive “polling place” at 300 Funston Avenue., San Francisco from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to “cast your vote” for free court records.  Carl will be on hand with inspiring postcards addressed to Chief Judge Thomas of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  By sending His Honor hundreds of handwritten postcards asking him to grant a PACER fee-exemption,  we can save tax-payers millions of dollars, while freeing court documents crucial to understanding and interpreting the law.

This is just one prong in a multi-faceted campaign to free PACER.  Carl outlines Friday’s strategy in a memorandum of law called, “Yo, Your Honor.”  His request of us:

May 1 is Law Day, and I’m asking people to come in and write a brief postcard about why you think that access to PACER is important. More specifically, you’ll be writing a postcard to Chief Judge Thomas of the Ninth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals in support of my request that the Court grant us free access to PACER for several courts in the Ninth Circuit. It would be a really big deal if the Court said yes, we’re trying to show public support in a way the judges can relate to.

Photo of PACER PostcardsYou can also send your postcard directly if you can’t make it to the Internet Archive on Friday:

Clerk of the Court
Attn: Docket 15-80056
United States Courts of Appeals
James Browning Courthouse
95 7th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

 

In 2008, Aaron Swartz downloaded millions of PACER documents, and worked with Malamud to make them accessible for free on the Internet Archive through the RECAP Project.  This is just one more step toward providing everyone with free access to all knowledge–the great promise of the Internet and our mission at the Internet Archive.

 

 

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7 Responses to Help Free PACER–Cast your Vote for Free Court Records at the Internet Archive this Friday!

  1. haber says:

    thanks by admin..

  2. Marvin Paul Elsesser says:

    Clerk of the Court
    Attn: Docket 15-80056
    United States Courts of Appeals
    James Browning Courthouse
    95 7th Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103

    I support the free access to P.A.C.E.R. files via the internet. I implore you to see that this valuable knowledge is accessible to everyone.

  3. Patrick Hultgren says:

    As an professor in Communications, and an independent researcher, the access to original sources is an irreplaceable privilege to further my contributions to education and communication.

    I live on a fixed income, and do not have the ability to pay for information that is important for my efforts. This is not a result of economic carelessness, but of the nature of honest work.

  4. Christopher says:

    Free court records for casting an honest vote seems a very fair thing to do. It is true democracy only when the public know their representatives well and have the liberty as such to make choices.

  5. Sarma says:

    For the law to be transparent, technological tools must be made use of to provide free access to the court records; particularly when a magnificent endeavor such as the archieve.org is footing the bill.

  6. charlene keathley says:

    no means to be there but here in Missouri & in Kansas know what they charge per pages to obtain court records that contain YOUR own name?
    far more than 10 cents a page…

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