Re: ISO 3166 copyright
--- Steve Langasek <firstname.lastname@example.org> からのメッセ
> On Thu, May 29, 2003 at 01:42:53PM +0200, Martin
> Schr�er wrote:
> > On 2003-05-28 20:21:55 -0500, Branden Robinson
> > > 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
Keep in mind that while facts are not protectable subject
matter, the selection and arrangement are entitled to
The Supreme Court case defining the line is the Feist
case, FEIST PUBLICATIONS, INC. v. RURAL TELEPHONE SERVICE
CO., 499 U.S. 340 (1991). There's a nice hyperlinked copy
of the opinion at bitlaw,
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