• Henry Park

Standards incorporated into laws are public


Public.resource.org posts important laws online for free. It also posts standards by third-parties that have been incorporated into the laws for free. For example, standards by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) have been incorporated into federal, state and local government laws and regulations.


ASTM sued Public.resource.org for copyright infringement for sharing its standards. A recent court decision found that such sharing was a fair use (see link).


This decision keeps laws and standards incorporated into such laws free and open to the public.


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