allow attorneys to upload their pacer documents
Attorneys currently have millions of pacer documents they have downloaded to their office servers of there own cases for the past few years. Is there a way you can allow attorneys to share these public documents that they have already downloaded prior to Recap starting?
This really needs to be done. What about a web based portal for attorneys and litigants to upload their pacer documents? I'm envisioning a two step process. The first step would be a mandatory upload of the case docket. The second step would then be the actual uploading of documents for that case. If the uploaded docket could be parsed, perhaps the webpage would reformat it with clickable docket numbers, which when clicked would allow for the uploading of that particular document or subdocument. Alternatively, if the docket could not be parsed, maybe the web page could present a series of mandatory fields to be completed prior to allowing for the actual file uploads.
as of rit now, there are about a dozen better ways to share your documents online than use Recap...Google Drive, Dropbox, Skydrive...hell, you could just make your own website in Google Sites or something similar and it would be better than this crap.
@sjschultze: Well, if you aren't paying for the PACER service because you claim you fall under one if the government's categories, then why should you be allowed to distribute them to everyone? Also, I disagree that none of it is copyrightable. If I write a motion or brief, I'm using my own words and offering my own interpretation of the law so that's my work-product.
@Peter_from_NYC: If you are a fee-exempt user, the AO claims that, "PACER customers must refrain from the use of RECAP." They claim that these non-copyrightable public domain documents which constitute the law may not be redistributed due to a contract-like restriction imposed when you received the fee waiver.
I'm a Pro Se Litigant. I'd like to upload my documents, which number in the hundreds, however I am a bit concerned about fidelity / authenticity.
I guess the easiest way is to re-download them, but I'd appreciate some views on this.
Add my vote to this. Like Elvey, I'm not an attorney but a researcher and have my own PACER account with hundreds of court documents I would happily donate.
I was wondering the same thing. (I'm a class action plaintiff with a PACER account, not an attorney, and have most of the filings in my case.)