Carl Malamud of public.resource.org, with funding from a bunch of places
including a small bit from GovTrack's ad profits, announced his
intention to purchase from the Government Printing Office documents they
produce in the course of their statutory obligations and then have the
nerve to sell back to the public at prohibitive prices. The document to
be purchased is the Code of Federal Regulations, the component of
federal law created by executive branch agencies, in electronic form.
Once obtained, it will be posted openly/freely online.
More here: http://public.resource.org/gpo.gov/index.html
And Carl's letter to the GPO:
There is no independent website that provides Web 2.0ish access to the
CFR. I hope someone steps up to rectify that problem as soon as we get
- Josh Tauberer
"Yields falsehood when preceded by its quotation! Yields
falsehood when preceded by its quotation!" Achilles to
Tortoise (in "Godel, Escher, Bach" by Douglas Hofstadter)