Q: I'm wanting to publish a book of emails publication statements from the attorney general's media team. Can I do this?
I'm on the email list of a state attorney general and after his term(s), I want to put a book together consisting of email blasts sent from the AG's office. Can I do this since they might be considered public domain? I do admire the AG and would be putting out positive content, shall I add original prose. I understand that when someone writes something that they own the copyright due to the US Copyright Act of 1976.
Maybe. Consult with an attorney.
You are correct that the information is in essence public domain, but there may be some quirks to pay attention to
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