Industry Groups Drop Suit Over Copyrighted Regulations

Law360 (October 16, 2020, 9:40 PM EDT) -- A long-running copyright fight over private industry rules that are later transformed into federal law came to an end when a trio of private organizations agreed to drop a lawsuit aiming to stop a nonprofit from publishing their testing standards online.

Filed on Wednesday, the parties' stipulation of dismissal closes the book on one of two lawsuits over so-called standards incorporated by reference, which are rules created by private industry groups that are later adopted as federal regulations.

The groups had claimed that Public.Resource.Org infringed their copyrights by posting various standards without permission. But three of the organizations — the American...

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