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Can the NEC Handbook be downloaded for free anywhere? Answered

Since the government requires us to wire everything to the current National Electrical Code's rules and guidelines, why is this information concealed for a great ransom? (the price of a hard copy of the book) As a citizen of the US, aren't I entitlted to the information if it can be obtained without undue hardship to the government or public? If one poor devil sits down and puts it all into a PDF, then millions of other poor devils only have to click the link.

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DrBrown
DrBrown

11 years ago

Thanks, Everyone. I've got it on a PDF file now, and I couldn't be more pleased.

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kelseymh
kelseymh

11 years ago

Theft -- stealing something which cost money, time and effort to produce -- does cause "undue hardship" by definition. As GuardianFox said, the printed NEC Handbook is expensive because (a) producing any physical object requires time and money; (b) the sales volume is low, so the fixed production cost is divided among many fewer items; (c) the target audience is limited and usually corporate. Having said that, a trivial Google search (see Nacho Mahma's post) gives you the answer to your question.

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Answer 11 years ago

. It's not theft (unless you're an Abbie Hoffman fan ).
. From the Wikipedia article:
"In the United States, statutory law cannot be copyrighted and is freely accessible and copyable by anyone.1 When a standards organization develops a new coding model and it is not yet accepted by any jurisdiction as law, it is still the private property of the standards organization...
Once the coding model has been accepted as law, it loses copyright protection and may be freely obtained at no cost. Links to both the restricted and unrestricted versions of the NEC are listed at the end of this article."

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Answer 11 years ago

You're correct. I wasn't referring to the intellectual (copyrighted) property, so much as the actual printed book. If you want a free copy of the printed book, then I think you ought to be out of luck, as it does cost real money to produce, which deserves reimbursement.

The intellectual property, as law or regulation, is freely available as you say.