11th Circ. Says Ga. Can't Copyright State Code Annotations

Law360 (October 19, 2018, 3:56 PM EDT) -- The Eleventh Circuit ruled Friday that the state of Georgia cannot claim copyright ownership over annotations made to its official legal code, ruling that people should have "unfettered access to the legal edicts that govern their lives."

Siding with a transparency group called Public.Resource.Org Inc., a three-judge panel said the annotations were effectively an extension of state law, making them "a work of the people" and thus "inherently public domain material."

"Answering this question means confronting profound and difficult issues about the nature of law in our society and the rights of citizens to have unfettered access to the legal edicts...

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