Carl Malamud runs the website public.resource.org, an otherwise boring website that serves the important function of “publishing and sharing public domain materials.” Among the public domain materials is the Georgia state law (or the Official Code of Georgia Annotated). The state of Georgia is not cool with this.
The state is suing Malamud for publishing the laws online, saying it infringes on the copyright of state laws, the Los Angeles Times reported last week. (A representative from the Georgia State capitol told Fusion that the OCGA isn’t in their system, meaning the code wouldn’t be accessible otherwise.) Also, they called it “a form of terrorism,” referencing a joking remark Malamud apparently made in a book he published 20 years ago.
Here’s the money portion of the lawsuit:
Defendant has facilitated, enabled, encouraged and induced others to view, download, print, copy, and distribute the O.C.G.A copyrighted annotations without limitation, authorization, or appropriate compensation.
And here’s the part…
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