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Daniel Staal DStaal at
Thu Jun 16 23:44:01 UTC 2011

--As of June 17, 2011 12:47:45 AM +0200, Polytropon is alleged to have said:

>> (And note that a pure list of facts can't be copyrighted: The phone book
>> is  often an example.  It's just a list of names and numbers.)
> Interesting, never tought of that, but sounds obvious.

--As for the rest, it is mine.

I should be careful with that one actually; It's fairly recent case law in 
the US that set that particular barrier.  I can't guarantee that it's the 
case elsewhere in the world.

In the USA, you have to do something more than just compile the data and 
present it in a simplistic fashion to gain a copyright.  If you have an 
*interesting* sorting scheme that could do it, or if you add value some 
other way, but if all you've done are presented the basic facts, you 
haven't advanced the state of the art.

(The other common case in the USA is road maps.  A simple 'lines following 
their geographic contours, labeled' is a set of facts.  One result of this 
is that most road maps in the US either are missing some minor roads, or 
have minor roads on them that don't exist.  It makes them copyrightable.)

Daniel T. Staal

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