"California claims copyright to its laws, and warns people not to share them. And that's not sitting right with Internet gadfly, and open-access hero, Carl Malamud. He has spent the last couple months scanning tens of thousands of pages containing city, county and state laws — think building codes, banking laws, etc. Malamud wants California to sue him, which is almost a given if the state wants to continue claiming copyright. He thinks a federal court will rule in his favor: It is illegal to copyright the law since people are required to know it. Malamud helped force the SEC to put corporate filings online in 1994, and did the same with the patent office. He got the Smithsonian to loosen its claim of copyright, CSPAN to stop forbidding people from sharing its videos, and most recently Oregon to quit claiming copyright on state laws."
I have a California state law posted in this website's recording phone call laws reference section. I would remind California that THEY do not "own the law" - if anyone could lay claim to it - it would be taxpayers. I have had many a California taxpayer thank me for my comprehensive reference - that section is my most commented and most "Google linked in" page.
Copyrighting the law would be like copyrighting the number order 0-9 on a standard calculator.