Talk:Copyright status of work by the U.S. government

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Protection expired - please heed WP:BRD[edit]

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Greetings, I have been struggling thru some of these same issues with my work on the Wiki-project United States Government articles ( see my [page]. Finally, I was able to locate a legal briefing on FOIA and public domain for one of the Federal agencies that uses contractors for agency services. It says they are considered to be employees of the government and therefore, their work is public domain. I have uploaded this material onto Wikisource. (See the article.) I would propose rewriting the section in this Wikipedia article to recognize that in Federal procurements there are instances where materials provided by contractors remain the contractor's intellectual property (such as software code, etc.) and there are those where the contractor's product becomes public domain. Risk Engineer (talk) 12:49, 31 July 2014 (UTC)

California and Florida- inaccurate wording?[edit]

The section State, territorial and local governments states "Notably, the constitutions and laws of California and Florida have placed their government's works in the public domain." However, the relevent sections in Copyright status of work by U.S. subnational governments only refer to "public records", which may not be identical to "government work". If they are equivalent under the law, this should be clarified. Cheers. --Animalparty-- (talk) 07:09, 9 December 2014 (UTC)

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copied from study report[edit]

Unfortunately it appears that much of this text is copied directly from the study report. That's not copyright infringement (since the work is public domain as this article documents) but it is not properly cited -- right now, the text is not marked as quoted, just as cited; so one would think this is Wikipedia-editor-created prose, backed up by the cited study. Instead it's apparently copied from that study, and should be cited more properly as such, with page numbers; or paraphrased. I'll work on cleaning this up as I can -- I've already done the work on the Printing_Act_of_1895#The_Richardson_Affair_and_prohibition_on_copyright_of_government_works -- but if there are other editors on these pages please help. --Lquilter (talk) 15:18, 3 May 2017 (UTC)