Ending Copyright Claims in State Primary Legal Materials

Katie Fortney —  a recent San Jose State University (SJSU) School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) graduate (MLIS) and Librarian and Docketing Clerk at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in Palo Alto, California, as well as a former intern at the Robert Crown Law Library at Stanford Law School — has contributed “Ending Copyright Claims in State Primary Legal Materials: Toward an Open Source Legal System” in the latest issue of Law Library Journal, vol. 102(1), pages 59-68.

As stated — importantly — in the abstract to her article:

An informed democratic society needs open access to the law, but states’ attempts to protect copyright interests in their laws are a major roadblock [boldface added].

She considers, among other things, the complexity of copyright law for state and local government works, plus how that law could be changed (by 3 main avenues: legislation, litigation, and persuasion).

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