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#20558 - 01/15/03 04:24 PM Volunteer Codes and their future
cubby964 Offline

Registered: 10/18/02
Posts: 69
Loc: USA
This months issue of the NFPA journal has an article about the continuing legal battle concerning the copyrights of Code writing groups. If the courts decide that Codes are in the public domain and can be passed freely to any and all it could spell the end of our beloved NEC and many others. Just wanted to hear your thoughts on this and any ideas on where we might go without a standard code.

I believe, as the article has stated, that we may slide back to the situation that created the need for a standardized NEC. There will no longer be a national code only local codes with conflicting standards.

See this for some information:,23008,3344180,00.html

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#20559 - 01/15/03 05:36 PM Re: Volunteer Codes and their future
Bill Addiss Offline

Registered: 10/07/00
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An interesting question. If the municipality did not pay for the developement of the code I don't see how they can own the rights to it. Is there any updated info on this particular case? (Article is dated Oct. 2001)


#20560 - 01/15/03 06:03 PM Re: Volunteer Codes and their future
Ron Offline

Registered: 03/13/02
Posts: 577
Loc: White Plains, NY
The cover story of the current NFPA Journal.
Unfortunately you need to be a NFPA member to read it.

#20561 - 01/15/03 06:09 PM Re: Volunteer Codes and their future
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Registered: 04/03/02
Posts: 6792
Loc: Brick, NJ USA
Now that's interesting; seems to me that I read something like this in our local paper. NJ adopted the NEC with a few amendments as part of the NJUCC NJ 5:23 et al) NJ Uniform Construction Code, which keeps the "rules" basically the same ststewide. I wonder if NJ has to pay NFPA to "use" the NEC, or did they have to "buy the book"?

When I reference the NEC in reports that I write, I put the "C" and/or "R" in circle, I wonder if that's right.


#20562 - 01/15/03 06:36 PM Re: Volunteer Codes and their future
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Registered: 12/24/00
Posts: 4226
Loc: Fullerton, CA USA
Looks like we're all guilty!!
Read the licensing provisions (2)on the inside back cover of the NEC©
It doesn't really sound all that different, does it?
(National Electrical Code © National Fire Protection Association, Quincy, MA)...Just in case they're watching...S

#20563 - 01/16/03 04:11 AM Re: Volunteer Codes and their future
sparky Offline

Registered: 10/18/00
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"The main thing is I think it's a people fight," he said. "It's people versus the government. I ultimately feel that I'll lose because, if you give people control over their law, it means the people have control over the government, and there haven't been many decisions coming down that way recently."

very interesting Mr. Veek......manipulated to such a fundamental extent


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