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

On Mon, Aug 25, 2003 at 12:48:42PM -0500, Steve Langasek wrote:
> > > 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
> creator to control the creation of copies of the work.

More to the point: this law is specific to databases, and does not
apply to computer programs. And even for databases, it's hard to make
it stick.

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