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The following documents provide a good summary of (both sides of) the issue:
 
The following documents provide a good summary of (both sides of) the issue:
  
* Supreme Court petitions
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* '''Supreme Court petitions'''
 
** (A) [http://www.calpubrec.org/oclawsuit/appeal/SCPetReviewSCvOC.pdf Petition to Supreme Court, by The Sierra Club]
 
** (A) [http://www.calpubrec.org/oclawsuit/appeal/SCPetReviewSCvOC.pdf Petition to Supreme Court, by The Sierra Club]
 
** (B) [http://www.calpubrec.org/oclawsuit/appeal/SCvOCSCPetitionAnswer.pdf Answer to petition, by Orange County]
 
** (B) [http://www.calpubrec.org/oclawsuit/appeal/SCvOCSCPetitionAnswer.pdf Answer to petition, by Orange County]
 
** (C) [http://www.calpubrec.org/oclawsuit/appeal/SCvOCReviewPetitionReply.pdf Reply to the Answer, by The Sierra Club]
 
** (C) [http://www.calpubrec.org/oclawsuit/appeal/SCvOCReviewPetitionReply.pdf Reply to the Answer, by The Sierra Club]
  
* Appeals Court briefs
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* '''Appeals Court briefs'''
 
** (D) Amicus Brief by Bruce Joffe, in support of The Sierra Club '''(no link yet)'''
 
** (D) Amicus Brief by Bruce Joffe, in support of The Sierra Club '''(no link yet)'''
 
** (E) [http://www.calpubrec.org/oclawsuit/appeal/LccCsacAmicus.pdf Amicus Brief of League of Cal. Cities and Cal. State Assoc. of Counties, in Support of Orange County]
 
** (E) [http://www.calpubrec.org/oclawsuit/appeal/LccCsacAmicus.pdf Amicus Brief of League of Cal. Cities and Cal. State Assoc. of Counties, in Support of Orange County]
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* (G) [http://ag.ca.gov/opinions/pdfs/04-1105.pdf California Attorney General's opinion] on the matter requested by the state legislature at the time of the original Santa Clara County case.
 
* (G) [http://ag.ca.gov/opinions/pdfs/04-1105.pdf California Attorney General's opinion] on the matter requested by the state legislature at the time of the original Santa Clara County case.
  
* Supreme Court Briefs on Merits
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* '''Supreme Court Briefs on Merits'''
 
** (H) [http://www.calpubrec.org/oclawsuit/appeal/SCvOC%20-%20SC%20Opening%20Brief.pdf Sierra Club's Opening Brief on the Merits]
 
** (H) [http://www.calpubrec.org/oclawsuit/appeal/SCvOC%20-%20SC%20Opening%20Brief.pdf Sierra Club's Opening Brief on the Merits]
 
** (I) [http://www.calpubrec.org/oclawsuit/appeal/SCvOC%20-%20SC%20Answer%20on%20Merits.pdf Orange County's Answer Brief on the Merits]
 
** (I) [http://www.calpubrec.org/oclawsuit/appeal/SCvOC%20-%20SC%20Answer%20on%20Merits.pdf Orange County's Answer Brief on the Merits]
  
 
For further reading, previous filings and briefs are archived at http://www.calpubrec.org/oclawsuit/appeal/index.html.
 
For further reading, previous filings and briefs are archived at http://www.calpubrec.org/oclawsuit/appeal/index.html.

Revision as of 14:34, 21 December 2011

OSGeo has been asked to sign an amicus brief for an open data court case in California.

Dan Putler wrote the following on osgeo-discuss on 16 Dec 2011:

I've been in contact with Bruce Joffe who has been working on an amicus curiae ("friend of the court") brief associated with two court decisions that have gone in completely opposite directions in California, one involving Santa Clara County and the other involving Orange County. The legal point is the same in both cases, is GIS data (parcel data in particular) data or is it software? If it is data, then it is covered under the California Public Records Act, requiring that it be released to the public for reproduction costs, if it is software, it isn't covered, and is subject to licensing fees. The judge in the Santa Clara County case (correctly) determined it was data, while the judge in the Orange County case (incorrectly) determined it was software. The case is now heading to the California Supreme Court, and Bruce Joffe is rounding up potential individuals and organizations to sign on to the amicus curiae brief. More details about the situation was posted on the Directions Magazine daily newsletter on Wednesday. Here is the link to the article: http://www.directionsmag.com/articles/sierra-club-vs-orange-county-pra-lawsuit-update-december-10-2011/219926

Michael P. Gerlek (mpg) is in touch with Bruce Joffe and is doing some homework on this issue in expectation of asking the OSGeo Board for approval to add our name to the brief.

The process for getting Board approval is documented here: http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Protocol_for_requesting_letter_of_support.


The following documents provide a good summary of (both sides of) the issue:

For further reading, previous filings and briefs are archived at http://www.calpubrec.org/oclawsuit/appeal/index.html.