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Can a Private Publisher Own Public Law? Fastcase v. Casemaker


Citing law back to Wheaton v. Peters, 33 U.S. (8 Pet.) 591 (1834), “Fastcase maintains that public law cannot be copyrighted ….” [Quoted from Ambrogi, Feb. 6, 2016, article.]

Wheaton v. Peters (read the case at Justia, via Wikipedia, or search the case name for other caselaw sources, e.g. Google Scholar or Cornell LII)

Track Fastcase v. Casemaker news developments at Law Sites Blog and other legal news sources:

Fastcase Sues Casemaker Over Publishing of State Laws,” by Robert Ambrogi,” February 6, 2016

“So Much for Casemaker Saying It Will Not Fight Fastcase Lawsuit,” by Robert Ambrogi,” March 25, 2015

Casemaker CEO Discusses Latest Developments in Fastcase Lawsuit,” by Robert Ambrogi, March 28, 2016

See also, this related article: “Who owns the law? Technology reignites the war over just how public documents should be,” by Victor Li, ABA Journal, June 1, 2014.

And this related news:
“Fastcase Cofounder Phil Rosenthal is Running for Congress in New York,” by Robert Ambrogi, March 29, 2016

Hat tips to LawSitesBlog and LLB2 (Law Librarians Blog).

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