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State Intellectual Property Bill Amended Amidst Opposition

Tuesday, July 19, 2016  
Posted by: Heather Starkey
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Assembly Bill 2880 (Comm. on Judiciary) would have made all works created by public entities eligible for intellectual property protections, thereby potentially restricting access and copying rights of the public. The intellectual property restrictions placed on public works opened up the possibility that state and local agencies might impose licensing restrictions or fees on maps, software programs or other documents. Because of opposition from a number of trade associations, including CLTA, the intellectual property language was removed from the bill.

Instead, the bill now requires state agencies, when entering into a contract, to consider the policies and procedures developed by the Department of General Services on intellectual property.

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