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FYI - The new NFPA 5000 is now completely online.  You can view only, no
printing or copy/paste is allowed, but you can see the entire document.

Ed Haninger

                    "Bob Shaw"                                                                                       
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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.

>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
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

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