Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Again, there is a fight over keeping "the law" in public domain!
Electronic Frontier Foundation has an important post Jan, 14, 2014 by Corynne McSherry about keeping the text of statutory law and court opinions in the public domain. The link is here. Federal court opinions generally live behind a clumsy paywall (although some circuits and district courts do publish their opinions) – an issue that led in part to Aaron Swartz’s activity.
Now a couple organizations trying to make these public legal documents free (Public Resource), and the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton (link) have been sued by a consortium of standards-development organizations (SDO’s) that claim that these legal texts came from copyrighted private sources.
Imagine, had either of the two proposed constitutional amendments in the last chapter of my DADT-1 book really been adopted, could I still have copyrighted them?