|09-04-2008, 04:12 PM||#1|
Join Date: Jun 2007
Device: Sony Librie, Irex DR1000S
A question:Is it true that USA copyright laws forbid to download the laws to your PC?
Today I have found this interesting link
There it is claimed that it is forbidden (in California), due to copyright reasons, to distribute laws code. Can anyone confirm this information?
|09-04-2008, 04:17 PM||#2|
Join Date: May 2007
Device: iRex iLiad, DR800SG
Other states have tried to claim the same thing in the past, and it was shot down. California (for whatever reason) may think it's a good idea, but I doubt it'll hold up.
I don't know about the states, but this is actually written in to copyright law at the federal level:
Copyright protection under this title is not available for any work of the United States Government, but the United States Government is not precluded from receiving and holding copyrights transferred to it by assignment, bequest, or otherwise.
Last edited by Shaggy; 09-04-2008 at 04:21 PM.
|09-04-2008, 04:21 PM||#3|
Sir Penguin of Edinburgh
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: DC Metro area
Device: Shake a stick plus 1
The state of California does claim copyright on its legal code, yes. But if an infringement case ever goes before a judge it will be laughed out of court.
Plus, there is an activist pushing the issue, so in the not too distant future CA will abandon that ludicrous idea (just like Oregon dropped its claim of copyright).
Interesting side note.
There is a legal principle in the USA: "ignorance of the law is no excuse" becuase the law is not kept hidden. It is a public document; if you didn't read it that's your problem. If CA can claim copyright, then it can deny anyone from distributing the law code. Ignorance would be a valid defense in court.
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