The Oregon Attorney General's Public Records and Meetings Manual

Every 2 years the Oregon DOJ publishes the "Oregon Attorney General's Public Records and Meetings Manual". Essential reading for people trying to use their right to get public records from Oregon government agencies. The 2010 version of this manual will soon be posted on the DOJ's Transparency website.

Until last year, the would not allow it to be posted online. When I tried to do so, they emailed me, saying
The State, by and through DOJ, owns copyright to the Manual, and it is not to be redistributed without our permission in any format.

Well, as James Madison said,
"A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives."
This quote is prominently posted on the cover of the very manual which AG John Kroger was trying to keep off the internet. 

Update: See here for more "copyrighted" law manuals from the Oregon DOJ, and here for a nice clean compact OCR'd pdf of the "Oregon Attorney General's Public Records and Meetings Manual" all courtesy of Carl Malamud at