Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Access to good law : the nub of the problem

Very good piece on binarylaw blog about accessible law. It is a tragedy that the Governments who produce the stuff are not considered to be good sources of the raw materials.

I have no problem with the idea of commercial third parties adding value on top of the base corpus but it is just not healthy to have the base corpus itself unavailable, not only to citizens but to entrepreneurs in the space. The situation is so bad currently in many jurisdictions that Government bodies buy back access to their own work product:-/

Anf by base corpus here I mean bills, journals, statute, regulations, case law etc. You need the entire corpus to have a full picture of legislation. If any one part of the above is missing, you don't have a complete base from which to work.

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