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Re: Using a CC-3.0-BY file as data file for a GPL program

On Sun, 2 Sep 2007 17:44:40 +0200 Arnoud Engelfriet wrote:

> Francesco Poli wrote:
> > Can anyone more knowledgeable than me on these topics shed some
> > light, please?
> > The main question is: do I really need a copyright license to use,
> > modify and/or redistribute such a (published) database?
> If the selection of the data that was put in the database involved
> creative activity by its maker, then yes you need a copyright license.
> If the database was created by a European company, then you need
> a license under its database right. (No database rights for US
> publishers)
> You do not need a license from the database publisher to create
> a program that can read databases in the format used by that database.
> A format or structure is a mere idea or concept and is not covered
> by copyright. 
> If you have to sign an NDA before you get a copy of the database,
> then you can't create a free or open source program that can read
> that database format. That would be leaking of confidential
> information.

Thanks for the answer, Arnoud.

Shriramana, which category does the database you need belong to?

P.S.: I am a debian-legal subscriber, so please do not Cc: me, as I
didn't asked anyone to do so... Thanks.

 Need to read a Debian testing installation walk-through?
..................................................... Francesco Poli .
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