Intellectual Property Law

New Matter WINTER 2019, Volume 44, Number 4

Copyright News

Jo Ardalan

One LLP

HIGH COURT TO DECIDE WHO OWNS STATE STATUTE ANNOTATIONS

The Supreme Court will decide whether the Eleventh Circuit incorrectly concluded that the annotations in the Official Code of Georgia Annotated ("OCGA") cannot be copyrighted by the State of Georgia.1 The annotations, which include enactment history and repeal information, cross references, commentaries, case notations, editors’ notes, law review excerpts, and summaries of Georgia Attorney General opinions and State Bar ofGeorgia advisory opinions, lack the force of law. The OGCA advises that annotations "do not constitute part of the law and shall in no manner limit or expand the construction of any Code section."2

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