ASHRAE Joins ASTM and NFPA in Suit
For Copyright Infringement
On Aug. 6, 2013, ASHRAE took an important step to make sure it can continue producing the world’s safest codes and standards.
ASHRAE has joined with ASTM International (ASTM) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to stop an organization called Public.Resource.Org from undermining the enormously effective process of developing consensus codes and standards that over the past century has made all of our homes and workplaces safer.
To put it succinctly, Public.Resource.Org is wrong in believing they can post the groups’ copyright protected publications on their website without permission. Further, Public Resource is well aware that it is doing this without the copyright owners’ authorization. ASHRAE, ASTM International and NFPA simply want them to respect copyright law just like any other organization.
Unfortunately their actions have prompted these three organizations concerned with the public’s safety to resort to the legal process. ASHRAE, ASTM and NFPA know standards and codes protect public safety and believe that is important.
ASHRAE, along with numerous other standards development organizations, underwrite the substantial costs of developing standards, in whole or in significant part, by relying on revenues from the sales and licensing of copyrighted standards. And the bottom line is: without the ability to license codes to the audiences that use them the ability to develop future standards would be placed in serious jeopardy, as would the health and safety of innumerable people working in a wide range of industries.
ASHRAE is committed to the ongoing development of the best standards and codes, and ASHRAE took action to make sure those who threaten that vision are stopped.