Keep the text of Oregon laws in the public domain

The powers that be have determined that Oregon’s laws are NOT in the public domain, and that web sites republishing them are in violation of copyright. There’s a hearing about it this Thursday morning.

In my view, this is a massive misunderstanding of the role that the Internet can and should play in advancing the public discourse, and general knowledge about the laws that we write through democratic processes.

Please take a look at my blog post about it (at the WikiProject Oregon blog), and do something to get this reversed. There’s a hearing this Thursday morning; attending and testifying would be great if you can, or writing your legislators would be a big help, too.

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