I really don't think NFPA, ASTM and ASHRAE should be so proud of themselves for working so hard to eliminate online availability of standards for construction. As a member, I often use online sources to search thru documents prior to purchase of hard copies. The 'free access' to documents on the NFPA site is so poor and so difficult to use [I fully realize this is intentional to encourage purchase] that it makes me embarrassed to tell anyone I am a paid member.
I understand that it costs money to do research, but this type of roadblock COSTS me money in my every day business. The money spent to fight over copyrights for standards referenced in the various codes and government regulations could be better spent.