Elizabethtown, KY asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for Kentucky

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.

1 Lawyer Answer
Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta
  • Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • Mesa, AZ

A: 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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