Oregon continues to insist that its laws are copyrighted and can't be published

Rogue archivist Carl Malamud sez,

Boing Boing readers may remember some static from the State of Oregon about whether their statutes are public or private.

Tim Stanley, the CEO of Justia and myself have had three phone calls with the staff of the Office of the Legislative Counsel, examined their proposed so-called "public" license, and believe we've established that we're going to have to agree to disagree. As such, we've retained counsel and referred the matter to him for the next steps.

Readers may be interested in a recent post by William Patry, author of the 7-volume treatise on copyright, on the subject Oregon goes wacka wacka huna kuna. Despite the technical legal words used in the title, he does a great job explaining the basic concepts.


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Oregon: our laws are copyrighted and you can't publish them