November 3, 2008 By Karen Stewartson
Labor Day weekend was a truly laborious one for Carl Malamud, a public access advocate, who posted the 38-volume California Code of Regulations on the Internet.
Malamud sought to send a message to government agencies to be more liberal with digital access and stop claiming copyrights on their laws. State laws stipulate that citizens cannot distribute or store these files without its consent. If they do, citizens can be fined $2,000 or more for a printed or even a digital copy.
Malamud hopes this will encourage governments to be more lenient with digital distribution and that these agencies will seek to educate citizens about their rights. The 100-page three-ring binder collection is proudly referred to as "Code City" and can be seen on Flickr.com, while a comprehensive list of state laws can be viewed at the Web site.
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