Does OPRA include the right to records in a format you can actually use???

A recent Open Public Records Act (OPRA) lawsuit filed by the firm challenges a practice the discourages public access to New Jersey government records.  Our client requested a copy of the tape of a town meeting.  The town gave her a copy all right – a copy made on a high speed tape recorder.  The tape could not be played on any equipment available at consumer retail electronic stores because it was made on equipment that is only marketed and sold to government agencies.

What to you think – when you obtain public records from the government, should you be able to actually use them? Scoblink-O’Neill v. Haddon Heights

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