Re: WEST-THOMSON: DOJ Letters on WEB

From: Harold Federow <hfederow[_at_]u.washington.edu>
Date: Mon, 09 Sep 1996 16:08:00 -0800

On Fri, 6 Sep 1996 17:44:22 -0400 mele[_at_]loc.gov (Melissa Levine) wrote:
>
> On 9/5/96, Alan D. Sugarman <sugarman[_at_]hyperlaw.com> wrote:
>>
>> Comment letters to DOJ and links to comment letters concerning the
>> proposed consent decree with WEST-THOMSON have been placed on
>> HyperLaw's web site.
>
> Is the copyright to correspondence to the government or to government
> officials in their official capacity (such as these) still retained by
> the writer? Do the writers have to consent to having their letters
> placed <online>? Do they somehow become public domain because they are
> to the U.S. government? I assume not, but am curious about others'
> thoughts.

These comments are all provided to be part of the public record. Public records can be copied by anyone for pretty much any purpose, depending on the state or federal statute governing the records (federal in this case).

So, I would assume they are public domain, if you want to use a copyright law lens to consider the problem.

Harold Federow
<hfederow[_at_]u.washington.edu> Received on Mon Sep 09 1996 - 23:06:10 GMT

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