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April 17, 2008

Whose laws are they, anyway?

Here's an interesting post at boingboing. It always amazes me when government bodies try to apply copyright law to things like laws, regulations, maps, and so forth. Shouldn't those things be a matter of public record - with unrestricted access?

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

Rogue archivist Carl Malamud sez,

The State of Oregon is sending out cease and desist letters to sites like Justia and Public.Resource.Org that have been posting copies of Oregon laws, known as the Oregon Revised Statutes.

Posted by joke du jour at April 17, 2008 06:14 PM

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