May Statutory Annotations be Copyrighted?


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In Georgia v., Inc., the U.S. Supreme Court will decide the deceptively simple question of whether statutory annotations may be copyrighted. Numerous state legislatures, like Georgia, work with an outside publisher that updates statutory annotations each year. Webinar speakers will cover the implications of this case for state and local governments more generally, the policy and legal arguments each side is making before the Supreme Court, and how this case may impact the legal publishing industry.

This webinar is sponsored by the Research, Editorial, Legal and Committee Staff Association, the National Association of Legislative Information Technology, and the Legislative Research Librarians and funded by an NCSL elearning grant.

Note: NCSL did not preapply for CLE in any state and cannot track attendance. Those who want to view the presentation and submit it for CLE credit in their state may self-apply using a Uniform Application for CLE. However, final acceptance of CLE hours is the prerogative of your state’s CLE authority.



  • Max Etchemendy, Vinson & Elkins
  • Josh Johnson, Vinson & Elkins
  • Othni Lathram, director, Alabama Legislative Service Agency
  • Evan A. Powell, senior assistant revisor, Minnesota Legislature
  • Andy Pincus, Mayer Brown


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