A bill now being considered by California lawmakers is calling attention to the uneasy balance between copyright principles and public-records law. AB 2880, introduced by the Judiciary Committee and revised May 31, would allow state agencies to claim copyright protections in government works, while at the same time attempting to restrict agency efforts to use their copyrights to circumvent the state Public Records Act.
The public’s right to an inside seat on issues of possible police misconduct is now in the hands of the Washington Supreme Court. At issue is access to police dashcam videos and how long police departments can keep those videos from the public. After repeatedly refusing to release the public records, KOMO News sued the Seattle Police Department, and the case has now reached the state Supreme Court.