Database Copyrights

A database is any body of facts, data, or other information assembled into an organized format suitable for use in a computer and comprising one or more files.

Computer databases are considered as compilations of data and are therefore subject to copyright protection and may be registered.

For a database, copyright protection extends to the compilation of facts if the compilation represents original authorship. In some instances some or all the contents of a database, new or revised, may
also be copyrightable, as in the case of a full-text bibliographic database.

Copyright protection is not available for the selection and ordering of data in a database where the collection and arrangement of the material is a mechanical task only and represents no original authorship, e.g., merely transferring data from hard copy to computer storage.

 

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