Law profs and librarians to Congress: government edicts should not be restricted by copyright


7 Responses to “Law profs and librarians to Congress: government edicts should not be restricted by copyright”

  1. Mike MacKenzie says:

    Is “Ignorance of the Law is no excuse”, actually codified in any written law, or is it just something judges like to say?

  2. Vinnie Tesla says:

    The fact that that is not already the case continues to blow my mind, in a doubleplus ungood sort of way.

  3. Boundegar says:

    I wonder if this was such a good idea. The way Congress is right now, they’re likely to decide that if a bunch of professors like an idea then they should smash it. Now we’re going to see the Classify the US Code Top Secret Act of 2013.

    The rationale: if ignorance of the law is no excuse, and excuses are bad, then what Americans really need is more ignorance of the law. Builds character.

  4. Nick Marritz says:

    “Works of the federal government are not subject to copyright protection; the text of judicial decisions may therefore be copied at will. 17 U.S.C. § 105.”
    Matthew Bender & Co. v. West Publ’g Co., 158 F.3d 674, 679 (2d Cir. 1998).

  5. TheMadLibrarian says:

    The fun part is trying to locate the information you want (building code, judicial decision) and figure out how to access it, without paying a hefty fee.  We had a goround about this earlier, where building codes are actually copyrighted by the publisher and are frequently only available for purchase, regardless of the fact that contractors are required to follow them.  I can find most of it, but Joe on the Street will have a painful time trying to determine if he can legally replumb his bathroom himself.

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