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Re: Non-free files in source packages?

* Matthew Palmer:

> 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,

And by applicable national law.

> 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.

"Copyright" is a wildcard anyway when applied to countries with Droits
d'auteur because the concepts are somewhat different.  Others use the
the term "intellectual property rights", which is even more fuzzy, but
I don't think we should follow their example.

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