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Re: Legal status of short, perhaps uncopyrightable program (fwd)

On Fri, 7 Oct 2005, Lionel Elie Mamane wrote:

On Thu, Oct 06, 2005 at 06:26:23PM -0400, Asheesh Laroia wrote:

I think it's possible that the short strings in this program are uncopyrightable since they're so short, and since there is no copyright for databases the collection as a group isn't copyrightable either.

Many countries have copyright for databases; I think the whole EU has it.

Would a "database" as small as this file be covered? I personally doubt it, but I don't know how "database copyrights" are defined generally.

Perhaps the more important question is not if "database copyrights" exist anywhere in the world, but instead, for a program this small, do the small strings in the various arrays count as copyrightable material? If they do not, then this is straightforward. They remind me of fortunes, as I've said before, but perhaps that analogy too will find me some responses I won't like ;-).

-- Asheesh.

"Never face facts; if you do, you'll never get up in the morning."
-- Marlo Thomas

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