I was apparently wrong recently regarding copyright on Hacker News

In a discussion of police playing copyrighted music to trigger automated takedowns of civillian video, someone pointed out that a recent US Supreme Court decision invalidated copyrightholders' right to sue US states for copyright infringement.

copyright.gov/policy/state-sov

One would presume this might extend to any entity operating as state government.

Say, for the sake of argument, a state university library system.

Which would mean that such a system might take upon itself to, for whatever reason, host Sci-Hub, LibGen, or ZLibrary, in a legally-immune status.

That would be an interesting development.

(There's no specific need for it to be a library system. It could be the forestry department, prisons, or an individual legislator or elected official.)

Boosts appreciated.

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So, I'm getting really interested in precisely what Allen v. Cooper does and does not do.

TL;DR: it's the March 23, 2020 US Supreme Court case asserting sovereign immunity against infringement of copyright or patent claims against state government.

"Get out of jail" (or civil court) cards are rare and interesting. Immunity and impunity often causes all kinds of problems. But the Law is an ass W a tool, and ... this is an awfully interesting tool.

I'm finding relatively little discussion. My little suggestion above remains the application I'd be interested in.

@pluralistic doesn't seem to have picked this up yet based on online searches.

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