Massachusetts | State Copyright Resource Center | Harvard Library
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Copyright Status: Light green
Openness Score: 2.02
What is the law?
Binding, on-point law: None
Advisory sources: The Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth has said that "Records created by Massachusetts government are not copyrighted and are available for public use." The scope of this statement is not completely clear. Under state law, "[t]he state secretary, clerks of the county commissioners and city or town clerks shall respectively have the custody of all other public records of the commonwealth or of their respective counties, cities or towns, if no other disposition of such records is made by law or ordinance." Mass. Gen. Laws Ann. ch. 66, §7. The statement of the Secretary may then only apply to records at the state level.
Public records law: Massachusetts first enacted a statutory right of access to public records in 1851. The current public records law may be found at M.G.L.A. 66 §1...."