Federal court rules against Public.Resource.Org saying that private organizations can use copyright to control access to federal laws

A US federal district court has ruled against Public.Resource.Org, forbiding their practice of providing public and open access to documents that have become law through “incorporation by reference”, meaning that they are initially created through private standards organizations and later incorporated into federal law. In the views of the EFF, the district court’s decision suggests that laws can be copyrighted and put behind paywalls as long as they were first written down by someone outside of government.

Country: Global

Domains: IPR

Stakeholder: Judicial

Tags: incorporation by reference, paywalls, private standards organizations, legal documents, open access, court decision, US, copyright

Posted on Tuesday 7 February 2017

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