Does the ABA have a copyright on its opinions?
The ABA likes to believe that its ethics opinions carry the weight of law. If that be the case, and if ignorance of the law is no excuse for violating the law, how can one know the law if it’s not disclosed? That would be like saying that 35 miles per hour is the maximum speed limit, but not telling anyone about the limit. In fact, speed limits are written into the Vehicle Code and posted on the streets. Shouldn’t there be the same disclosure required of the ABA?
By attempting to copyright its opinions, and thereby restricting their distribution, it seems the ABA doesn’t think so. But, then, I guess the ABA is "super" law. See more.