Oregon Using Copyright Law To Prevent Other Sites From Publicizing Oregon Law

from the just-as-the-law-intended dept

Well here's a story about copyright that's so bizarre it makes you think that there must be a mistake somewhere -- but it seems to be completely true. Apparently, Oregon is complaining to sites like Justia (which publish public domain legal documents) that they are violating copyright by republishing some of Oregon's laws. The state admits that the text of the laws are not covered by copyright, but that everything else about the way the law is presented is covered by copyright (such as the numbering, the notes and annotations). This is an accurate portrayal of copyright law, which does allow such things to be covered by copyright (though, the "numbering" part seems questionable), but it's difficult to see how the state could possibly get upset that someone is trying to better publicize Oregon's laws. The state does make one good point: Justia adds its own copyright notice to the text, which is bad form, but was probably just a template issue. Either way, it's difficult to see what Oregon could possibly gain in trying to force copies of its laws off of public resource legal sites.
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  1. identicon
    thirteenburn, 18 Apr 2008 @ 12:03am

    It's obvious...

    Oregon is throwing a hissy fit because they don't want other states and their inhabitants to know just how Communisitic and Socialistic this state really is. They make such a big deal about how great this City of Portland is, as well as the State overall, but under the "gloss of livability" is the fact that they have some of the most ridiculous laws ever written into any constitution in all of these United States.

    Bottom line is that the People's Republic of Portland, as is the entire Motherland of Oregon, is identical to the 60's era Soviet Union and no one wants to live and raise their children in such a society. They also don't want to pay the obscene amount of taxes, which are the highest in the nation, not to mention how the state government takes away any and all avenues of it's people decideing for themselves how best to live and run their lives. It's the old and worn out Democrat Party ploy of "you're too stupid to know what's good for you, so therefore we need to do all of your thinking for you." Let's face it; no one likes to be insulted in such a way and the publishing of their laws just proves that without a modicum of doubt.

    Seriously. How many times over the last ten years have the people of Oregon legally voted for any particular law, or voted down another of myriad taxes, only to have the state override what was legally voted on? Way too many times for me, which is why I moved completely out of the state close to ten years ago and have never regretted my decision, nor has anyone else who's done the exact same thing.

    At the rate the state is going, within the next five to ten years, the entire state will be bankrupt, mainly due to bad debt (check the latest credit rating of the M.of O.) and mismanagement of the enormous amount of taxes they pilfer on a yearly basis. And yet stragely enough and in spite of those insanely high taxes, the schools are broke and the worst in the nation, the infrastructure hasn't been upgraded nor repaired since the early 70's, commerce is retarded by lack of any sane transportation upgrades (everyone knows that the true goal of Oregon is to have everyone ride bikes or walk or take mass transit) and the public services are in chaos.

    And yet they can't understand why there's a massive exodus of citizens from the State. After all, a seven year old kid knows that when you have a society like the U.S.S.R., the people will try to escape as quickly as they can. Yet the Motherland of Oregon hasn't figured that out yet.

    And this, above all, just shows that the collective stupidity of the liberal, communistic, socialistic, Democrat Party of Oregon is surpassed ONLY by their mind numbing intellectual dishonesty.

    Cheers!!

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