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December 1, 2010
"Yes We Scan" Campaign Launched by LAW.GOV to Digitize Out-of-Copyright First Series of the Federal Reporter
LAW.GOV's Yes We Scan campaign is seeking law firms and others to sponsor the digitization of the First Series of the Federal Reporter which is no longer is under copyright. "Sponsors will pay $1,200 to have the 300 volumes of 1,000 pages each manually re-typed twice, to ensure accuracy in the transcription. Formatting the text in HTML will allow users to cut and paste the text, something that can't be done with scanned documents, said Public.Resource.Org founder Carl Malamud" in Karen Sloan's NLJ article, Law.Gov seeks donors to transcribe Federal Reporter. The goal of the "Yes We Scan" campaign is to raise $360,000 and the files will be donated to the National Archives and the Government Printing Office.
Here's a thought, TR Legal could go a long way toward improving its tarnished reputation by simply donating in bulk its electronic copies of Federal Reporter 1st series to LAW.GOV. [JH]