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Public Law

Standard Reference Data (SRD) are copyrighted by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce on behalf of the United States of America. All rights reserved. None of our SRD may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without prior permission.

Standard Reference Data Act

Source: Public Law 90-396, July 11, 1968, The Standard Reference Data Act  

Purpose: To provide for the collection, compilation, critical evaluation, publication and sale of standard reference data  

Excerpt:  Section 6 – ...the Secretary may secure copyright and renewal thereof on behalf of the United States as author or proprietor in all or any part of any standard reference data which he prepares or makes available under this Act, and may authorize the reproduction and publication thereof by others.

Standard Reference Data Act

Source: Public Law 114-329, January 6, 2017, S. 3084 – American Innovation and Competitiveness Act , Section 108, Standard Reference Data Act Update

Purpose: To modify the definition of Standard Reference Data provided in Public Law 90-396

Public Law 90-396 in its entirety.

Public Law 114-329 in its entirety.

Created June 17, 2010, Updated August 29, 2018