Lydia DePillis of the Washington Post reports that three standards development organizations have sued Public.Resource.Org for copyright infringement, for posting copies of their standards on the free Web.
The suit was file in the U.S. Federal District Court for the District of Columbia.
Lydia DePillis has posted the complaint at Scribd.
Public.Resource.Org has posted the standards at https://law.resource.org/pub/us/code/ibr/ apparently on the grounds expressed in an earlier court filing, that such standards have been incorporated by reference into the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations or other bodies of law, and that such incorporation removes copyright protection from the standards.
The standards organizations have issued a press release about the suit.
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