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This might sound odd, but the implications qualify it for this forum. If it becomes possible for private entities to own the rights to access the actual text of laws, we will enter the world of Kafka where individuals cannot even know what they are accused of violating.


UpCodes wants to fix one of the building industry’s biggest headaches by streamlining code compliance. But the Y Combinator-backed startup now faces a copyright lawsuit filed against it by the International Code Council, the nonprofit organization that develops the code used or adopted in building regulations by all 50 states.

The case may have ramifications beyond the building industry, including for compliance technology in other sectors and even individuals who want to reproduce the law. At its core are several important questions: Is it possible to copyright the law or text that carries the weight of law? Because laws and codes are often written by private individuals or groups instead of legislators, what rights do they continue to have over their work? Several relevant cases, including ones involving building codes, have been decided by different circuits in the United States Court of Appeals, which means the UpCodes lawsuit may potentially be heard by the Supreme Court.

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Can the law be copyrighted? 2421 Nolondil 05-May-19 22:43
Re: Can the law be copyrighted? 162 ldennyjr 07-May-19 20:40
Re: Can the law be copyrighted? 162 Race Jackson 10-May-19 20:01
Re: Can the law be copyrighted? 243 Nolondil 16-May-19 16:36

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