Tuesday, December 10, 2019

US Supreme Court Hears Case on Copyright Status of Georgia's Official Legal Code

Last week, the Supreme Court of the United States heard the case Georgia, et al. v. Public.Resource.Org, Inc. [oral transcript / docket information with documents filed by parties and interveners].

The case involves the copyright status of the official legal code of the American state of Georgia which is published with annotations written by LexisNexis.

A non-profit called Public.Resource.Org published that state code on its website. Georgia sued arguing that the annotations are copyrighted.

The catch: only the commercially available annotated version is official. Free versions without the annotations are not official.

The websites Ars Technica and infoDOCKET have more background on the case.

And the most recent episode of the law librarian podcast The Geek in Review also dives into the matter.

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posted by Michel-Adrien at 6:59 pm


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