Sunday, May 22, 2005
Last month, I blogged the news that Amazon.com is now selling law review articles for $5.95 per shot. Over the weekend, I received an email from Randy Roberts, founder of Law and Policy Institutions Guide, which offers readers free access to abstracts of law review articles but charges $25 to download an article. Mr. Roberts says that his site is non-profit:
Any money received from article downloads is used to purchase additional scholarly law articles. To achieve this I will be, generally speaking, charging $25 for articles authored by law professors and attorneys, and $12.50 per article for articles authored by law students. My objective is to make a non-corporate, inexpensive website and law article database of an unsurpassed quality, offering many free legal resources, for anyone seeking legal information. The site is not for profit. Funds will be used for purchases of additional law articles, site maintenance and costs, and adding new content or enhancing the site.
Unlike Amazon, Mr. Roberts is offering to share the bounty with law professors:
I would like to purchase law articles from you and other law professors who can either provide them for free or at a low cost. Please contact me and let me know if you or someone you know is interested and how much I would have to pay to use the article on my website in the Download Articles section of my Law Article Database.
From the web site:
Founder of Law and Policy Institutions Guide (LPIG) and the LPIG Medical Database, Randy Roberts, is a law student, web designer, redesigned the ABA E-Commerce Law Division website, and volunteer as an editing assistant for the ABA's Antitrust Section - Corporate Counseling Committee.
Full access to Law and Policy Institutions Guide (LPIG) and the LPIG Medical Database is free. Founder of LPIG and the LPIG Medical Database, Randy Roberts, personally funds all cost of the site, including hosting and development. Personal funding is supplemented by Affiliate partnerships with LegalStaff.com and the Doe Report.