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In Bloomberg Law, Marta Belcher Examines SCOTUS Ruling on States’ Copyright Doctrine

Practices: Intellectual Property, Litigation, Appellate & Supreme Court, Technology, Media & Telecommunications

In Georgia v. Public.Resource.Org, Inc., the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the respondent over the state’s ability to copyright its annotated legal code. A Bloomberg Law article quotes emerging technology attorney Marta Belcher (Silicon Valley), who was lead counsel on an amicus brief supporting the access group, filed on behalf of the Center for Democracy and Technology and the Cato Institute. 

Marta notes that the ruling is important not just for copyright law but for civil liberties and for those who want to publish, comment on, or build on the law. 

The “animating principle” behind the doctrine, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote, “is that no one can own the law.”

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