Supreme Court Will Review Eleventh Circuit’s Decision that Official Code of Georgia Annotated Cannot Be Copyrighted

The Supreme Court yesterday granted certiorari to review the Eleventh Circuit’s decision in Code Revision Commission v. Public.Resource.Org, Inc., 906 F.3d 1229 (11th Cir. 2018), cert. granted, 2019 WL 1047486 (U.S. June 24, 2019). The question presented for review in Georgia v. Public.Resource.Org, Inc. is whether the principle that “government edicts,” such as statutes and judicial opinions, are not copyrightable extends to works that lack the force of law, such as the annotations in the Official Code of Georgia Annotated. The Eleventh Circuit, in an opinion authored by Judge Marcus, had decided that it does and that no part of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated could be copyrighted by the State.

Posted by Stacey Mohr.

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