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Re: Freaky copyright laws [was: SUN RPC code is DFSG-free]

On Mon, Aug 25, 2003 at 09:06:54AM +0200, Wouter Verhelst wrote:
> On Sun, Aug 24, 2003 at 10:39:02PM -0500, Branden Robinson wrote:
> > Over in Europe, you can copyright a database of obvious facts, even if
> > it isn't organized in a clever fashion.  This is regarded as
> > breathtakingly obvious by the Europeans on this list who are well up on
> > EU copyright law, and breathtakingly wrong by Americans on this list who
> > are well up on U.S. Copyright law.
> Uh, not really. You can protect databases, but they're not covered by
> copyright law. The protection is available for every group of data which
> is ordered in some fashion (that includes cabinet files filled with
> paper data cards, as long as they're ordered, e.g. in an alphabetical
> way), and it consists of a protection for a period of 15 years after the
> last update to the database, which forbids *complete* reproduction but
> explicitely allows unlimited quoting from the database, as long as you
> mention your sources.
> At least that's how things are in Belgium; there could be little
> differences in other EU members.

Same here, pretty much.

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