Virtual Lecture Series: Copyright Law and Access to State Laws

Virtual Lecture Series: Copyright Law and Access to State Laws


Monday, February 19, 2018 - 6:30pm



Ann Bartow - Professor of Law, Director of the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property

Under current precedent, if you publish Georgia’s state laws, you’ll get sued for copyright and lose!  This is because though Section 105 of the U.S. Copyright Act precludes the government from asserting copyright in laws or other government produced works, it only applies directly to the federal government.  Some states take this same approach for important public policy reasons.  But other states, such as Georgia, obtain a revenue stream from selling access to the Official Code of Georgia (OCGA) to the citizens that are bound by it.  When a public interest organization, Public Knowledge, made a copy of the OCGA freely available on the Internet, Georgia sued and prevailed in federal district court.  The case is currently on appeal, and I will explain why Georgia should lose.

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