Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Can Georgia copyright its own annotations to its state laws? Is this public domain?

Adam Liptak has an important piece on p A14 of the New York Times, “Is it legal to post state laws online?”

Carl Malamud published the official code of Georgia online, along with annotations.

The state sued for copyright infringement, and the case seems on the way to the US Supreme Court.

The start actually argued that publishing the law could be a step toward “terrorism”.

To be fair to the state, it is possible that some of the annotations are supposed to be paid for, as the state has no problem with republishing the law itself.

But wouldn’t a government analysis be public domain? 
There is discussion in the article of “privatization of the law”.

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