As regards the background for creating the Lovdata Foundation
reference is made to
the aide-memoire enclosed as Appendix 2.
1. The State (the Ministry of Justice) and the Norwegian
Statute Book Foundation (The Faculty of Law at the
University of Oslo) do hereby create the Lovdata
2. The creating parties have stipulated terms for the
Foundation, which are enclosed as Appendix i to this
3. The Foundation shall have a basic capital of NOK
600,000. The Ministry of Justice shall contribute NOK
400,000 in cash, whereas the Norwegian Statute Book
Foundation shall contribute NOK 200,000 to be effected by
Lovdata taking over the former Lovdata's word processing
equipment and other office equipment free of charge.
4. In addition to the basic capital, the database containing
the 1979 edition of the Norwegian Statute Book shall be
placed at the disposal of Lovdata free of charge.
Lovdata shall be obliged to update and maintain the data
5. Lovdata shall have the benefit of the know-how
accumulated by the former Lovdata. No special charge
shall be made for the know-how, but this factor has been
taken into account at the stipulation of the creating
parties' contributions towards Lovdata's basic capital,
so that the contributions are considered as being
6. On the condition that the Storting (The Parliament) makes
the necessary capital available under Chapter 400, item
21, the Ministry of Justice will, in the course of the
month of January 1982, pay to the Norwegian Statute Book
Foundation NOK 225,000 for partial coverage of the
expenditures involved in the conversion of the 1979
edition of The Norwegian Statute Book to a machine
7. Lovdata shall take over the activities which since 1979,
have been carried out at the data office of the Norwegian
Statute Book Foundation (the former Lovdata). The
creating parties presuppose that the daily manager of the
Data Office, Mr. Trygve Harvold, will be appointed by the
Board as daily manager of Lovdata.
The salaries of Mr. Harvold and those employed by him to
carry out the work of making The Norwegian Statute Book
machine readable are, as up to now, to be paid by the
Norwegian Statute Book Foundation until July 1 1981.
This also applies to the rent and other expenses for
clerical work etc.
As of July 1 1981 the Lovdata Foundation shall assume the
economic responsibility for salaries and office expenses.
8. The intention is that the work of making the 1979 edition
of The Norwegian Statute Book machine readable shall in
the main be completed during June 1981. The expenses
accruing for this work after July 1 1981 will be invoiced
by Lovdata to the Norwegian Statute Book Foundation
pursuant to a special agreement to be concluded between
Lovdata and the Norwegian Statute Book Foundation.
9. The Ministry of Justice shall see to it that the Ministry
of Consumer Affairs and Government Administration, the
Norwegian Bar Association and the Association of
Norwegian Judges are each invited to appoint a board member
together with a deputy. The intention is that the board shall
commence its functions by May 15 1981.