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

On Mon, Aug 25, 2003 at 05:43:23PM +0200, Arnoud Galactus Engelfriet wrote:
> Branden Robinson wrote:
> > On Sun, Aug 24, 2003 at 10:29:40PM +0100, Andrew Suffield wrote:
> > > Good grief, there are jurisdictions where copyright law follows the
> > > first-finder-is-keeper system used by patents? I'm not sure that free
> > > software can work at all with laws like that.
> > > 
> > > Do you have a list? I want to avoid visiting such countries.

> > I thought basically every place outside the U.S. was like that.  Several
> > times when the U.S. Supreme Court decision of _Feist v. Rural Telephone
> > Service Co._ has come up, it's been ridiculed by some Europeans.

> That talked about databases, which is a separate legal right
> that has nothing to do with copyright. And yes, that was purely
> a lobbyist push by database producers. 

> > Over in Europe, you can copyright a database of obvious facts, even if
> > it isn't organized in a clever fashion.  

> You do not copyright a database. You claim database rights on
> such a database if you can prove a substantial investment in
> time, effort or money for its creation. European countries also
> have trademarks, which you can get even without being creative
> and original. It's a different law.

Well, regardless of whether it's *called* copyright, it is a copy-right
-- by virtue of the fact that it's an exclusive right granted to the
creator to control the creation of copies of the work.

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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