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Re: Non-free files in source packages?

On Fri, Jan 07, 2005 at 12:10:18AM +0100, Florian Weimer wrote:
> * Lewis Jardine:
> > 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).
> Databases are already copyrighted in many jurisdictions.  AFAIK, this
> is also on the agenda of U.S. lawmakers.

As I understand it, Databases are protected by a separate EU directive,
which provides different (although to some degree similar) protections to
that afforded by copyright.  Databases are *not* copyrightable in the same
sense as a computer program or artistic work.

- Matt

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