Last Thursday, as you may have heard, the Oregon Legislative Counsel Committee (LCC) held a public hearing on its policy of claiming and enforcing copyright over much of the Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS).

The LCC had claimed the copyright since its inception in 1953. But those who testified—including a strong contingent from the Oregon wiki community—brought a familiarity with case law on similar issues, and modern Internet usage, that proved convincing; at the end of the hearing, members of the LCC voted unanimously to stop claiming copyright over any portion of ORS, and also showed some interest in pursuing more specific legislation in the future.