Reposting from our affinity group Free Government Information :
Carl Malamud will be testifying at the House Judiciary Committee hearing on the Scope of Copyright Protection On Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 10AM. His testimony will be on the subject of Edicts of Government, including copyright assertions over state laws and federally-mandated public safety codes. He’s made his prepared statement available on his public.resource.org site.
Read the full post here: http://freegovinfo.info/node/8071
There are many categories of state government publications, with state legislation and laws being an important set of materials for all citizens to access and use. Carl Malamud’s testimony is spot on in terms the need to treat state laws in the same fashion as federal laws: “edicts of government have no copyright because such court opinions, statutes, regulations, and other pronouncements of general applicability belong to the people.”