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Copyright of Public Records (FL Court Interpretation)

This decision of the Florida 2nd District Court of Appeal relating to copyright of public records may be of interest. In Microdecisions v. Skinner, the court rules that a county may not copyright GIS maps. State law determines whether agencies may claim copyright. Since public records law forbids demands for fees, licensing fees may not be charged for public records. The legislature has specifically permitted only certain categories of records to be copyrighted and GIS maps are not one of them. The mandate to make records available for the cost of reproduction “overrides a governmental agency’s ability to claim copyright in its work unless the legislature has expressly authorized a public records exemption.”


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