Re: databases not copyrightable in the USA (was: CA certificates)
Humberto Massa wrote:
> Branden, in Brasil, the copyrights law (9610/98) makes databases
> copyrighted, IF and only if "their selection, organization, or the
> disposition of their content" is a novel intellectual creation. The CDDB,
> for example, would not be covered by this definition (its selection,
> organization and disposition content are automatically-generated). CA
> certificates (the original topic) aren't covered either because they are
> not novel intellectual creations (they also are automatically-generated).
> In another topic, I prefer the term "copyrighted". "Copyrightable" is an
> ugly, ugly term... and everything that is copyrightable is copyrighted by
Well, except for those works for which copyright has expired or for which it
has been renounced?
This wasn't always the case, anyway; it used to be that you had to *do*
something to claim copyright on a published work. That was a better
There are none so blind as those who will not see.