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Re: Non-free files in source packages?

On Thu, Jan 06, 2005 at 12:04:44AM +0000, Lewis Jardine wrote:
> In the case of data tables, in many jurisdictions, a mere collection of 
> facts is not copyrightable; the classic example is a telephone directory 
> (everything in it is an uncreative fact; that there are thousands of 
> them, which may have taken a lot of effort to gather, is immaterial).
> It may be the case that the data could be plucked from the RFC and 
> freely distributed, albeit only in places that don't allow 'sweat of the 
> brow' copyrights.

Alternatively, you could try asking the relevant people if they'd grant
a more permissive license for the data table, in order to encourage the
wide and correct use of the standard surrounding it.

Glenn Maynard

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