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Whither Google Law?

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The lodestar in Google’s reason for being is to organize the world’s information. Why is it that such an information-driven industry such as the law has escaped the tech-giant’s gaze?

Rogue archivist Carl Malamud has taken up the challenge and points out the obvious:

Americans have grown accustomed to finding just about anything they want online fast, and free. But for those searching for federal court decisions, briefs and other legal papers, there is no Google. Instead, there is Pacer, the government-run Public Access to Court Electronic Records system designed in the bygone days of screechy telephone modems. Cumbersome, arcane and not free, it is everything that Google is not.

There is no ‘Google’ for the law. Why isn’t Google that ‘Google’?

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