In a 5-4 decision, the United States Supreme Court held in Georgia et al v. Public.Resource.Org., Inc. (No. 18-1150) (April 27, 2020) that the state of Georgia is not entitled to copyright protection for its official annotated code.

The Copyright Act grants expansive rights for “original works of authorship.” 17 U.S.C. § 102(a). Georgia claimed it was the “author” of the Georgia official annotated code (“OCGA”) and, as the author, enjoyed rights as the copyright owner of the entire work. As the copyright owner, Georgia sought to prevent Public.Resource.Org (“PRO”) from posting digital versions of the Georgia annotated code on various websites without charge and without Georgia’s consent.

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