Oregon statutes are protected under copyright?
May 01, 2008 at 10:18 AM
A rather bizarre case between the State of Oregon and the legal website, Jurist, has made the press recently. Jurist, a project of the University of Pittsburgh, was making available the revised Oregon Statutes on their website. Oregon's Legislative Counsel sent a letter to Jurist demanding that they either remove the statutes from their website or pay the state of Oregon a license for their publication. The issue raises interesting questions not only about public access to government documents but the problem financing the publishing of state codes when they are also available online through third-parties.
Oregon goes wacka wacka huna kuna -- The Patry Copyright Blog
Oregon: publishing our laws is a copyright violation -- ArsTechnica