As part of AALL’s commitment to support open access to legal information, I would like to share with you that AALL will sign on to an amicus brief with other national library associations in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court, Georgia v. Public.Resource.Org Inc. This case addresses the question of whether the government edicts doctrine extends to works that lack the force of law, such as the annotations in the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA), and therefore cannot be copyrighted. This case has significant implications for law libraries and access to legal information.
One of AALL’s legislative priorities is that government information should be in the public domain and available to the public without restriction. In addition to supporting our legislative priorities, this brief emphasizes how law libraries provide access to and preserve the law, and demonstrates why law libraries are specially impacted by the issues at stake. Other associations signing on to this brief are the American Library Association, the Association of College and Research Libraries, and the Association of Research Libraries.
While the brief that AALL is signing on to is for organizations only, AALL members may join briefs accepting individual signatures.
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