Last September the San Francisco Chronicle published this brief but fascinating article about Carl Malamud. Apparently Malamud had been putting building codes on his website, and allowing anyone to download them, entirely free of charge. At the time it seemed like an interesting story. However, I felt pretty certain of two things. First, that Malamud was probably some sort of crackpot. Second, that his website would most likely be shut down shortly after the article’s publication.
Looks like I was wrong on both counts. Here’s a link to Malamud’s wikipedia entry, which describes him as a “technologist, author, and public domain advocate” who was a visiting professor at the MIT Media Laboratory“. Furthermore, his website appears to be going strong, with dozens of building codes posted, including New Jersey’s.