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Re: ISO 3166 copyright

On Thu, May 29, 2003 at 01:42:53PM +0200, Martin Schröder wrote:
> On 2003-05-28 20:21:55 -0500, Branden Robinson wrote:
> > Bah, there's no copyright in those lists; just like there's no copyright
> > in the listings of the phone book.

> Phone book data _is_ copyrighted in Germany.

But it shouldn't be.  Copyrightability of factual lists is a stupidity
in kind with software patents, and just like software patents, we should
ignore such copyright claims unless someone presses the issue, in order
to avoid legitimizing such an interpretation.

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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