Petition for a Writ of Certiorari in Georgia V. Public.Resource.Org, Inc., No. 18-1150
47 Pages Posted: 30 May 2019
Date Written: March 1, 2019
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
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