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This page compiles all the data (or provides links to get it.) Currently,
SBCCI has taken it to the US Supreme Court. It normally takes a while to
determine if they will even hear the appeal.

http://regionalweb.texoma.net/cr/filings.htm

>From the Texas opinion (in favor of Veeck), it appears to me that it would
apply to building codes such as SBCCI Standard, BOCA National, ICBO Uniform,
and ICC's IBC. It would not apply to AWS, AISC, ACI or other "standards"
that are adopted solely by reference, and are written for many purposes
beyond just a set of government laws.

Bob Shaw
Steel Structures Tech Center


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Subject: Building Codes Online?


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 www.bdcmag.com 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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