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

Fedor Zuev wrote:
> On Tue, 26 Aug 2003, Arnoud Galactus Engelfriet wrote:
> >If I ridiculed US law for not supporting database rights, I
> >apologize. However it is important to realize that database rights
> >*are* based on a sweat-of-the-brow argument. And again, since they
> >have nothing to do with copyright law, they do not need to be based
> >on the Berne Convention, the Copyright Clause or other principles
> >of copyright law.
> 	Mmmmmm.
> 	Some comment. Please note, that at least in several
> countries (at least Russia, Ukraine, Latvia but, probably, much
> more) databases _can_ be copyrightable. 

"Original" databases are also copyrighted in Europe. There has
to be originality in the selection, arrangement etc. This is
pretty much like Feist in the USA, and as you note it is
required to be like this under Berne.

Independently from copyright protection, a database can be
protected under the Database Regulation.


Arnoud Engelfriet, Dutch patent attorney - Speaking only for myself
Patents, copyright and IPR explained for techies: http://www.iusmentis.com/

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