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Hi Friends,

As many of you know (at least those in the Open Government & Law Groups), Free Public Information Hero Carl Malamud and Public.Resource.org have been working to get state codes, building codes, electrical codes and other state and city codes online for free… sort of a virtual city of free codes.

You can, right now, download these codes here on Public.Resource.org or through the Internet Archive. As a California bonus, you can also download the California Code of Regulations.

Carl Malamud Freeing the Law

“I think his work is extraordinarily important”
— Lawrence Lessig

There is a nice article on Carl in last week’s Santa Rosa Press Democrat by Nathan Halverson discussing Public.Resource.org’s efforts, with some good comments from Larry Lessig and Pamela Samuelson on the policy and legal issues. We will see if this leads to some more litigation with California.

Free the Law

This is a great effort to put up the codes that are the most useful to everyday citizens. More free law to come (and maybe some litigation if needed).

Peace,

Tim


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