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2008 Hearing Results: Assertion of Copyright Waived

June 19, 2008

RESOLVED:

The Legislative Counsel Committee will not assert copyright on the Oregon Revised Statutes.

2007 ORS §173.763
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1. Discussion
The meeting is called to order and the Legislative Counsel presents the issues, which are duly discussed by the members of the Legislative Counsel Committee.
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19' 18"
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2. Statements
of Invited Panel

Per the instructions of Senate President Courtney, brief summaries of prepared statements were presented.
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3. Questioning
of Invited Panel

Each member of the Legislative Counsel Committee presented questions to the panel.
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4. Statements
of Public Panel

Oregon citizens presented the views of the people.
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5. Motion and Vote
The motion is unanimously approved to waive assertion of copyright on the Oregon Revised Statutes.
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6. Staff Appreciation
Recognition of the contributions of members of the staff of the Legislative Counsel.
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7. Chair Appreciation
Presentation of the Great Seal of the Seal of Approval to Senate President Courtney.
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PREVIOUSLY: 05.21.2008. HEARING SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 19, 10:30AM PT!

HEARING SCHEDULED

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.

PREVIOUSLY: KIBITZERS WELCOME!

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.


Link to Declaratory Judgment Action end trail READ the draft Declaratory Judgment Action! [ pdfwordootex ]

Or View The FULL PAPER TRAIL

Your feedback is welcome on the opencase news group and mailing list. Now, you too can go huna kuna on this important constitutional issue!
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OUR LEGAL TEAM

We are represented in the Oregon Declaratory Judgment Action by Karl Olson of the firm Levy, Ram, & Olson.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has long provided expert counsel and representation to Public.Resource.Org. EFF is the leading civil liberties group defending your rights in the digital world.

Your Name Here! Our laws are America's Operating System. This isn't about business, this is about the people's business. Your advice is welcome … join our team of legal advisors by submitting your comments today!

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PAPER TRAIL

06.19.08
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STATEMENT
Prepared Statement of Timothy Stanley
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06.19.08
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STATEMENT
Prepared Statement of Karl Olson
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006.19.08
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STATEMENT
Prepared Statement of Carl Malamud
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05.21.08
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NOTICE
Notice of Hearing
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05.16.08
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DRAFT
Declaratory Judgment Action
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05.16.08
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FAXED
Advisement of URL
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05.02.08
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FAXED
June 2 as Operative Timeframe
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04.30.08
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EMAIL
Rejection of Concept of Public License
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04.30.08
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FAXED
Extension of Timeframe
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04.15.08
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SENT
Audit of Web Site
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04.13.08
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SENT
Letter Protesting Cease and Desist
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04.07.08
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POSTED
Notice to Cease and Desist and "Take Down"
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Oregon goes wacka wacka huna kuna — The Patry Copyright Blog April 17, 2008
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What Nigeria Can Teach Oregon — The Patry Copyright Blog May 21, 2008
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The State of Oregon — Dave Farber's Interesting People List May 4, 2008
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Oregon Claims State Law Copyrighted — Washington Times April 19, 2008
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Update on the Oregon Revised Statutes CopyFight — The Harvard Law School Library Blog May 5, 2008
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Publishing the Laws is Against the Law — Outside the Beltway May 9, 2008
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Are laws public domain? — MetaFilter April 23, 2008
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Now this is just plain silly! — Have Opinion, Will Travel May 1, 2008
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Oregon Copyfight — Andy on the Road May 14, 2008
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Oregon Statutes Copyright Spat — Citizen Media Law Project May 14, 2008