Supreme Court Should Stop Georgia From Charging Citizens $404 Per Year To Read Their Own Laws
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Supreme Court Should Stop Georgia From Charging Citizens $404 Per Year To Read Their Own Laws

In most states, a quick Google search will lead a researcher to a wealth of information about his state laws, posted by none other than the government itself. This is how it should be — conducting research about state laws should be simple in terms of accessibility. But this isn’t the case for residents in Georgia. Georgia’s state government has erected a barrier between its people and the information about the laws that govern them by contracting the exclusive publishing rights of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA) with a private company, LexisNexis Group, which charges hefty fees for users to view its content. Basic legal information about codified laws should never be shielded from the public through copyright. The U.S. Supreme Court should affirm this, and it will soon have a chance to do so. On Dec. 2, the court will begin to hear oral arguments in Georgia v. Public.Resource.Org Inc . to establish a ruling that will affect Americans’ ability to freely access relevant legal information concerning their state laws. Georgia Is Pulling the Copyright Card The case focuses on the OCGA, which differs from the plain text of Georgia’s code because it includes additional details […]

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