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American Bankers' Association Claims Routing Numbers Are Copyrighted

Saturday, August 31, 2013 - 5:49 PM
The American Bankers Association (ABA) believes that federal routing numbers are covered by its own copyright, and they've sent a takedown letter to a website that published routing numbers. Greg Thatcher runs a website that, among other things, publishes bank routing numbers. Those are the numbers that appear on the bottom of checks that basically tell you how to send the banks money. Thatcher gets those numbers directly from the Federal Reserve's website. Having a single source for those numbers is really useful for people trying to wire money, so you can see why Thatcher's page would be really popular with lots of people.
ShorebreakShorebreak2,700 posts since
Apr 6, 2010
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1. Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 6:57 AM
Answer given by law Educator, Esq. :----
The routing numbers themselves are not copyrightable because they are commonly used numbers to identify the banks, thus, if he has taken those bank routing numbers from the website database and is putting them on his site, this is not likely going to be found to be a copyright violation. It would also be up to the Federal Reserve to take action on this, so you can contact them and let them know, but it all depends on exactly what he is republishing, if it is just the routing numbers and names of the banks, then no, if it is the entire report from the site, then it would be.
bankcodebankcode1 posts since
Mar 4, 2014
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