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Morris Ellison in the Charleston Post & Courier: Smart City Technologies Can Aid COVID-19 Recovery

May 05 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has upended our lives. Smart City technologies offer the promise of a more robust economic recovery and enhanced public health, but we need a very public debate before deciding how far we want to go. Compilation, interpretation and application of data lies at the heart of the Smart City. How much of the current crisis could have been averted if we had earlier access to the data surrounding the contagiousness and morbidity of COVID-19? Technologies that monitor vehicle and pedestrian counts and spacing can confirm whether we are observing social distancing.

Kristin Lamb in IP Watchdog: SCOTUS to Consider if State Legal Texts May Be Copyrighted in Georgia v. Public.Resource.Org

Aug 28 2019
If people are to be ruled by laws, they have a fundamental right to access those laws. To that end, in 17 U.S.C. § 105 , the U.S. Copyright Office makes clear that binding and official government edicts may not be copyrighted by the United States government. However, the Supreme Court has not addressed the issue as it pertains to state governments since a series of cases in the late 1800s.