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Re: Commercial Development
- From: Daniel Berlin <dan at dberlin dot org>
- To: Per Bothner <per at bothner dot com>
- Cc: gcc at gnu dot org
- Date: Tue, 19 Feb 2002 14:56:47 -0500 (EST)
- Subject: Re: Commercial Development
On Tue, 19 Feb 2002, Per Bothner wrote:
> Daniel Berlin wrote:
> > Thus, since we have complete coverage, it's illegal, in the US, for
> > non-lawyers to give legal advice.
> Those laws are probably unconsitutional - but since it is lawyers
> that interpret the constitution, it is hard to say. I think the
> laws can validly prohibit someone from saying or implying they have
> legal expertese they do not have, and that is the claimed intent.
> What is the difference between illegal "practice of law" and
> constitutionally protected speech giving someone legal advice?
> A very gray and nebulous area, I'm sure.
> Nolo Press had some problems with claims their books were illegal
> practice of law - I'd be curious to know what the resolution was.
A law was passed specifically exempting their type of products, as long as
they state it's not a substitute for an attorney.
Thus, the UPL dropped the case.
So, never was it decided that it's unconstitutional.