House Panel Weighs Copyright For Mandatory Standards

Law360, New York (January 14, 2014, 4:26 PM EST) -- A congressional hearing Tuesday on copyright reform focused heavily on the thorny issue of copyright protection for privately developed safety standards that are later adopted as binding law, with members on both sides of the aisle voicing concern over public access to law.

Local, state and federal governments often incorporate voluntary standards developed by nonprofit industry organizations into mandatory regulations and codes. Sometimes claiming copyright control of the rules even after incorporation, standards groups have clashed in recent years with public advocates and others who argue...
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