Crusade against State Law monopoly
Carl Malamud doesn’t look like much, but he’s a crusader. He is fighting for your right to read and understand the law the way it was meant to be: Free.
While federal documents are typically placed in the public domain (example: The Warren Commision report or the 9/11 Commision report), state law records are another matter entirely. States make quite a bit of their revenue selling copies of laws to constituents, for example, California routinely makes a million dollars a year from such sales.
By digitizing the entirety of state laws in one place, for free, he aims to achieve one go-to location for all state laws.