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Public.Resource.Org and EFF Win Case on the Right to Post Public Laws Online
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) shared the following:
Technical standards like fire and electrical codes developed by private organizations but incorporated into public law can be freely disseminated without any liability for copyright infringement, a federal appeals court ruled [Sept. 12]. …
[The ruling] upholds the idea that our laws belong to all of us, and we should be able to find, read, and share them free of registration requirements, fees, and other roadblocks. It’s a long-awaited victory for Public.Resource.org, a nonprofit organization founded in 2007 by open records advocate Carl Malamud of Healdsburg, Calif., and represented in this case by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) with co-counsel Fenwick & West and David Halperin.
‘In a nation governed by the rule of law, private parties have no business controlling who can read, share, and speak the rules to which we are all subject,’ EFF Legal Director Corynne McSherry said. ‘We are pleased that the Court of Appeals upheld what other U.S. courts, including the Supreme Court, have said for almost 200 years: No one should control access to the law.’
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