In Blow to Open Law, Court Upholds Private Copyright in Public Safety Laws

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“A federal court has issued a permanent injunction barring Public.Resource.Org from publishing technical and scientific standards that are written by private standards developing organizations (SDOs) but that are incorporated by reference in the Code of Federal Regulations.
The CFR incorporates some 9,500 of these private standards. They help to regulate a wide range of everyday items, from toys and cribs to vehicle windshields and propane tanks. Yet, while the CFR is freely available online, these so-called IBR (for “incorporated by reference”) rules are not.”