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Re: JPL Planetary Ephemeris DE405

Roberto <roberto@zenvoid.org> writes:
> On Sat, Feb 24, 2018 at 02:03:44PM +0100, Ole Streicher wrote:
>> Sure; law is always open to be interpreted by the court. This is
>> generally true and not specific to this case.
> Yes but, what I want to say is that, in this particular case, I don't
> think it's safe to assume that a collection of facts can't have
> copyright, not even when it's entries are selected by objective
> criteria. Let's quote the Directive No. 96/9/EC:
>   Article 7
>   Object of protection
>   Member States shall provide for a right for the maker of a database
>   which shows that there has been qualitatively and/or quantitatively a
>   substantial investment in either the obtaining, verification or
>   presentation of the contents to prevent extraction and/or re-utilization
>   of the whole or of a substantial part, evaluated qualitatively and/or
>   quantitatively, of the contents of that database.
> [...]

This is not copyright, which is handled in Chapter II. Article 3:

| 1.  In accordance with this Directive, databases which, by reason of
| the selection or arrangement of their contents, constitute the
| author's own intellectual creation shall be protected as such by
| copyright. No other criteria shall be applied to determine their
| eligibility for that protection.

This is exhaustive ("no other criteria...").

I read that article 7 that you cited as: the maker of a database has the
right to protect it -- which however needs him to be active (which is
not the case for the JPL).

Best regards


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