In the October 20 issue of the Newsletter, I mentioned a site that dealt with model codes, including building, electrical, fire, and other codes — I also mentioned that a lot of these codes are not online, due to publishing restrictions.

Well, it seems somebody wasn’t happy with that particular publishing monopoly, and decided to post a certain model building code online verbatim. The Fifth Circuit recently held that such a posting does not violate copyright laws because “the law…is in the public domain and thus not amenable to copyright.” It seems the Supreme Court has asked for briefing on the case. LawMeme has a nice article on the case.