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Anyone notice the "News Brief" in the September issue of Building Design & 
Construction under the title "Court decision threatens code developers' 
copyrights"? It reports (see page 11) that Texas retiree Peter Veeck posted 
portions of their locally adopted building code on his Website. Predictably 
it promptly went to court, with SBCCI, NFPA, ANSI, and others jumping 
(probably frantically) into the fray. The news brief stated that the Fifth 
Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower courts ruling in Veeck's favor that 
once a copyrighted code was adopted by a governmental jurisdiction is was in 
public domain and therefore not subject to copyright protection. You can read 
an excerpt at under "Legal Briefs". However, go to Google and 
type in "Peter Veeck" and numerous references would indicate that he DID NOT 
prevail. Having access to building codes online would obviously devastate 
revenue from code publishers, and be vigorously resisted, but be a boon for 
the rest of us, and is probably inevitable given the likes of Veeck.. 

Hugh Brooks, SE
Retain Pro Software

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