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Re: ISO 3166 copyright

Branden Robinson <branden@debian.org>:

> Bah, there's no copyright in those lists; just like there's no copyright
> in the listings of the phone book.
> Please attack and destroy people with _Feist v. Rural Telephone Service
> Co._[1].
> [1] http://www.law.cornell.edu/copyright/cases/499_US_340.htm

That precedent might be good for the USA, but there are other
countries to worry about, and there's also the EU Database Directive.

It might be safer to recreate the list, perhaps by merging information
from several sources, following the principle that to copy from one
source is plagiarism, but to copy from many sources is research.


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