quasi in rem

Sunday, January 25, 2004

The Tyranny of Copyright Continued

"The House Judiciary Committee has approved controversial legislation that extends protection for facts within databases which are not currently eligible for copyright protection. "

The article on internetnews.com continues:"The Database and Collections of Information Misappropriation Act (H.R. 3261) allows database owners to sue in civil court for damages arising from the theft of the information in the database. The committee approved the bill on a 16-7 vote. "

The money behind this legislation has not yet begun to flow into the Senate, and hopefully it will not. "This legislation is absolutely not necessary," Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA) told internetnews.com. " There is a lack of need for this and huge opposition. It is mischievous in that it will lock away facts from public access."


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