Oregon claims copyright in its statutes

Oregon claims copyright in its statutes

With wonderfully ironic timing – the American Associations of Law Libraries meets in Portland in July – the Legislative Counsel Committee of the State of Oregon sent a cease-and-desist letter to Justia, a free online resource for judicial decisions and statutes, claiming that Justia’s posting of the Oregon Revised Statutes violates its copyright.

Sam Bayard blogs about the case at the Citizen Media Law Project. Boing Boing gives us Carl Malmud’s report on Public.Resources.Org‘s response. There is more at ars technica.

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