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Re: Non-free files in source packages?

On Fri, Jan 07, 2005 at 01:11:11AM +0100, Simon Josefsson wrote:
> Lewis Jardine <debian@catbox.co.uk> writes:
> > 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.
> I know I answered this already, but I thought I'd add that
> licensing@gnu.org suggested that the tables from RFC 3454 might not be
> copyrightable, because they lack the creativity required for
> copyright.  So to take the example of libidn, which extract tables
> from 3454, this could mean it could stay in Debian anyway, I think.
> They mentioned 'sweat of the brow' though.  Which jurisdictions allow
> for that kind of copyright?

Pretty much everybody but the US, unfortunately. This is lawyer-bait,
we can't really afford to go there.

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