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Introduction of Copyright Protection Legislation Draws Continued Support from ASHRAE
March 20, 2023
ASHRAE, along with other non-profit Standards Development Organizations (SDOs), announced the continued endorsement of bipartisan legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate to protect the copyrights of standards.
March 16, Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) introduced the Pro Codes Act (S.835) in the Senate, with Senators Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) joining as original co-sponsors. The bipartisan bill will preserve copyright protection of codes and standards when they are incorporated by reference into federal regulations, state laws, or municipal regulations.
"The rigorous, consensus-based standards developed by ASHRAE and other SDOs are essential to public health, sustainability, safety, and security," said 2022-23 ASHRAE President Farooq Mehboob, Fellow ASHRAE. "ASHRAE proudly supports this legislation and will continue our work to provide vital standards for adoption or incorporation by reference – another step towards realizing our vision of a healthy and sustainable built environment for all."
The bill states that the U.S. benefits greatly from the work of private standards development organizations with expertise in highly specialized areas.