The Electronic Frontier Foundation's Fred von Lohmann sez, "The Santa Rosa Press-Democrat has a nice article about Carl Malamud's latest project: scanning and posting state and local laws, regulations and ordinances (including building codes, regulations, all the minutiae you're supposed to know) for all to copy and use. This will test those states and counties that claim copyright over the law and want to charge you for copies."
Malamud is spoiling for a major legal fight.
He has begun publishing copies of federal, state and county codes online — in direct violation of claimed copyright.
On Labor Day, he posted the entire 38-volume California Code of Regulations, which includes all of the state's regulations from health care and insurance to motor vehicles and investment.