States Can't Monetize Power Of Law, Group Tells Justices

Law360 (October 11, 2019, 7:55 PM EDT) -- A group called Public.Resource.Org has filed its opening shot in a U.S. Supreme Court case over whether states like Georgia can claim copyright ownership of legal texts, saying private publishers shouldn’t be allowed to monetize the value of legal authority.

In its first brief since the court agreed to hear the case, the group told the justices that the text at issue — an annotated version of Georgia’s legal code — carries the force of law, meaning the state cannot allow the private company that wrote it to charge for access.

“Legal publishers can surely claim the value they create by...

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