The question is at the center of a lawsuit involving YC-backed UpCodes and the nonprofit that develops the most widely used building codes in the U.S.
What UpCodes does is they scan the building codes and apply them to the buildings’ blueprints to find any potential issues — the codes change all the time and it’s hard to monitor this. Now the ‘non-profit’ organization in charge of those codes is suing UpCodes.
There’s a few interesting things about it. At first, UpCodes was in our pipeline although we passed on them at the moment. The second is, there’s a lot of companies that utilize public resources and generate revenue on building a humane UX for them. If this goes through all these companies will be in danger and there is clear consumer harm.