Free Access to Law and Open Source Software

Free Access to Law and Open Source Software

Daniel Poulin (Université de Montréal, Canada), Andrew Mowbray (University of Technology, Sydney, Australia) and Pierre-Paul Lemyre (Université de Montréal, Canada)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-060-8.ch164

Abstract

Law consists of legislation, judicial decisions, and interpretative material. Public legal information means legal information produced by public bodies that have a duty to produce law and make it public. Such information includes the law itself (so-called primary materials) as well as various secondary (interpretative) public sources such as reports on preparatory work and law reform and resulting from boards of inquiry and available scholarly writing. The free access to law movement is a set of international projects that share a common vision to promote and facilitate open access to public legal information. The objectives of this chapter are to outline the free access to law movement, to set out the philosophies and principles behind this, and to discuss the role that open source software has played both in terms of its use and development.

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