State and local governments increasingly claim copyright protections to deny public access to records and data, and the tension between intellectual property laws and freedom of information laws raises difficult issues, according to an article by Frank LoMonte, director of the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information, which is a partner of the National Freedom […]
If there were to be a copyright on public records in this state what would it else would it be other than "the people of the State of California?"
After all, the people already pay for and own the records. But among the anti-transparency bills playing out in Sacramento this spring is one that would give local agencies copyright of the records they create. Continue…