EFF and Public Resource win: public safety standards aren't copyrighted
Dave from the Electronic Frontier Foundation sez, "Remember that time an air-conditioning association tried to bully Carl Malamud into taking down safety standards from Public.Resource.Org
, claiming they owned the copyright to a public law? Well, Carl and EFF fought back--and won. The Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors Association backed down and signed an agreement allowing Public.Resource.Org to publish the safety standards
. It's a major win for free speech and open government." From the article: "Whether it's the Constitution or a building code, the law is part of the public domain," (EFF Intellectual Property Director Corynne McSherry).