05.21.2008. The State of Oregon has scheduled a hearing for June 19, 2008 to “consider its copyright policy in light of technological developments and the Internet.” Read the hearing notice or view the full paper trail.
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05.14.2008. A joint declaratory judgment action by Justia, Inc. and Public.Resource.Org will seek clarification from the courts as to the public domain or copyright status of the 2005 and 2007 Oregon Revised Statutes in particular and local, state, and federal cases and codes in general.
The action presents the courts with a real dispute and seeks clarification as to whether the state may assert copyright over the law. In particular, we contend that the pasting of a private wrapper on a public domain package in a transparent attempt to protect a revenue stream is against public policy and is against the law.
Furthermore, even if such a private wrapper were to be permitted in certain cases and under limited circumstances for clearly creative work by private corporations such as, e.g., the Disney Corporation or Thomson West, the Honorable Legislative Counsel of the Great State of Oregon is such an integral part of the law-making process that in no case may it assert such a copyright.
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