Trials & Litigation

Casemaker agrees state law isn't copyrightable, won't defend Fastcase suit

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Saying that he is “mystified” by a lawsuit filed against Casemaker by a competitor after a reported takedown demand by Casemaker, the legal publisher’s CEO said the company will not defend the declaratory judgment action.

The federal suit filed in Atlanta by Fastcase Inc. seeks “a declaration that state law is not copyrightable. We’re all in favor of that, of having state law declared not copyrightable,” Casemaker CEO David Harriman told Robert Ambrogi’s LawSites.

At issue in the case are the Georgia Administrative Rules & Regulations, which Lawriter LLC, doing business as Casemaker, has a contract with the state to publish.

Casemaker provides the material to the public on a free website, and makes money by providing the rules, in a publishable format, to customers such as LexisNexis, as well as making speedy updates when the rules change, Harriman said.

Related coverage: “Fastcase sues Casemaker for takedown demand, says Georgia administrative rules can’t be copyrighted”

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