UPDATED October 23, 2018 Appeals Court Tells Georgia: State Code Can’t be Copyrighted (via EFF)
The Eleventh Circuit ruled Friday that the state of Georgia cannot claim copyright ownership over annotations made to its official legal code, ruling that people should have “unfettered access to the legal edicts that govern their lives.”
The ruling is the second big appellate win this year for Public.Resource and founder Carl Malamud. In July, the group won a major ruling at the D.C. Circuit in a similar challenge to copyrights covering federal regulations that are created by private industry groups. That case is now being retried at a district court.
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Big decision out today from the 11th C. says that the Annotated Laws of Georgia are written by the People and are uncopyrightable! Inspiring work by @carlmalamud. https://t.co/e1D9W6bxUBpic.twitter.com/p8eInIlMso
— Free Law Project ⚖ (@FreeLawProject) October 19, 2018
Center For Democracy & Technology: “Paywall to Georgia’s State Legal Code a Broad Misapplication of Copyright Protections” (May 25, 2017)