The key objective is to use the opportunities provided by the digital technologies (in both peer production and dissemination of knowledge) for democratising access to law/ legal research materials. The idea is to build a user friendly, crowdsourcing information platform that can bring together information from both primary sources (statutes and case-laws) and secondary sources (scholarly publications, legal treatises, wikipedia, etc.). For example, if someone wants to know whether the use of a movie song during the teaching of an academic course will be a violation of copyright law in India, she should be just typing in the words “copyright infringement”, “India”, “songs” and “academic use” in the search box and the platform should be able to show her links to the relevant copyright law provisions in India, relevant judgments, relevant scholarly publications, and relevant Wikipedia pages/ blog posts, in an easy to comprehend manner. To make such a knowledge sharing platform sustainable in the long run, crowdsourcing of information (from lawyers, law students, academicians, etc.) is the optimal option and the proposed platform may enable a new revolution in democratising access to law.
Arul George Scaria
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