Petition for a Writ of Certiorari in Georgia V. Public.Resource.Org, Inc., No. 18-1150

47 Pages Posted: 30 May 2019

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Joshua Johnson

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Matthew X. Etchemendy

Vinson & Elkins LLP

John P. Elwood

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Daniel R. Ortiz

University of Virginia School of Law

Anthony B. Askew

Meunier Carlin & Curfman, LLC.

Lisa C. Pavento

Meunier Carlin & Curfman, LLC.

Date Written: March 1, 2019

Abstract

The Supreme Court has long held that copyright protection is not available for “government edicts,” such as judicial decisions. This cert petition argues that the government edicts doctrine should not extend to—and thus render uncopyrightable—works that lack the force of law, such as annotations in the official codes of states’ laws. Extending the doctrine to this degree, as some lower courts have, removes economic incentives that encourage states to make their statutes more widely available.

Keywords: government edicts, copyright, annotations, Callaghan, Wheaton v. Peters

Suggested Citation

Johnson, Joshua and Etchemendy, Matthew X. and Elwood, John P. and Ortiz, Daniel R. and Askew, Anthony B. and Pavento, Lisa C., Petition for a Writ of Certiorari in Georgia V. Public.Resource.Org, Inc., No. 18-1150 (March 1, 2019). Virginia Public Law and Legal Theory Research Paper No. 2019-30. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3395467

Joshua Johnson

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Matthew X. Etchemendy

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John P. Elwood

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Anthony B. Askew

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Lisa C. Pavento

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