Justices Weigh Copyright 'Pay Wall' For Legal Texts

Law360 (December 2, 2019, 6:39 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court voiced concerns Monday with allowing states like Georgia to claim copyright ownership over certain legal texts, at one point asking why the court should allow laws to be "hidden behind a pay wall."

The comment came during arguments in a case called Georgia v. Public.Resource.Org, in which a lower court ruled last year that states could not copyright annotated versions of their legal codes because citizens must have "unfettered access" to legal edicts.

Georgia and other states that sell such annotations have argued that the ruling flouted long-standing precedent, but Justice Neil Gorsuch and others on Monday...

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