SDOs Sue to Protect Voluntary Consensus Standards Copyright
The ongoing struggle over the availability of voluntary consensus standards cited in government regulations has moved into a new arena with the filling in August 2013 of lawsuit by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), ASTM International (ASTM), and American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) against PublicResource.org for copyright infringement. The organization runs a website that posts codes and standards without the organizations’ permission. ASSE’s position on the issue can be found in information about a comment on recent Office of Federal Register rulemaking at http://www.asse.org/en/index.php/press_releases/asse-opposes-federal-rulemaking-to-undercut-development-of-voluntary-consensus-safety-and-health-standards/. A press release about the organizations’ action can be found at http://www.nfpa.org/press-room/news-releases/2013/media-statement.