But the San Francisco Chronicle/Examiner reports that Carl Malamud of Sebastopol, CA, is posting building, fire, and mechanical codes online for free. Why? Because information was meant to be free, etc., etc., right? Well, not just that, but these are public codes, so we're talking public information. I have long wondered why such an important thing as a plumbing code, for instance, is so hard to obtain, so expensive to obtain. Malamud's site, Public.Resource.Org, is far from perfect. Codes change all the time, so as soon as he gets a code posted, another one is coming down the pipeline. And it's not like he's getting paid for this, either (hint, hint - see the tip jar at the bottom of his page). A commendable effort.