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2021-08-03 9:50:32 AM  
It's not just ISO.  ASTM charges Americans for access to their own damn laws.
2021-08-03 12:05:24 PM  
Tow trucks?
2021-08-03 12:40:07 PM  
That's stupid. I was personally annoyed by this last week and my company hasn't agreed to pay yet so I'm still annoyed.
2021-08-03 1:12:28 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: It's not just ISO.  ASTM charges Americans for access to their own damn laws.

Didn't SCOTUS strike this shiat down
2021-08-03 1:14:14 PM  
It sounds like he gave it to them, as in, he obviously transferred the copyright to them, otherwise he could just distribute it himself.
2021-08-03 2:18:42 PM  
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2021-08-03 3:10:12 PM  
Welcome to FARK?
2021-08-03 4:37:33 PM  

pueblonative: Marcus Aurelius: It's not just ISO.  ASTM charges Americans for access to their own damn laws.

Didn't SCOTUS strike this shiat down

You are probably thinking of some of these suits.

Recent Access to the Law Cases

This NCLA suit is a variation on several other cases challenging incorporation by reference or restricting copying and distribution of important legal guidance. Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Georgia v. Public.Resource.Org, Inc., 140 S. Ct. 1498 (2020), a copyright infringement suit in which the state of Georgia sued an organization for the unauthorized distribution of its annotated state code. The annotations were drafted by a third-party publisher in collaboration with the Georgia state legal code committee under an arrangement which gave the publisher exclusive copyright to the annotated code.

The Supreme Court held in favor of the alleged infringer. The 5-4 majority opinion found the publisher's annotations were not copyrightable because they were considered authored by the state committee, an arm of the legislature. According to the "government edicts doctrine," copyright does not vest in works that are (1) created by judges and legislators (2) in the course of their judicial and legislative duties, regardless of whether the work is legally binding. For more about this decision, including the dissent, see our ML Insights coverage of the case here.

In 2018, the D.C. Court of Appeals decided a copyright infringement suit brought by ASTM and two other major standard-setting organizations against a defendant that copied and distributed hundreds of standards, some of which were incorporated by reference into statutes. See Am. Soc'y for Testing & Materials, et al. v. Public.Resource.Org, Inc.,896 F.3d 437 (D.C. Cir. 2018). The court reversed the district court and essentially held for the defendant. It limited its opinion to the copyright issue of fair use, although the court acknowledged its "serious constitutional concern" with private ownership of a legal obligation. In a concurring opinion, Judge Katsas wrote that "access to the law cannot be conditioned on the consent of a private party, just as it cannot be conditioned on the ability to read fine print posted on high walls." See 896 F.3d at 458 (D.C. Cir. 2018) (Katsas, J., concurring).
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