2011/4/26 MZMcBride <z(a)mzmcbride.com>om>:
It's my understanding that "sweat of the
brown" does not create a
copyright at all. That was the entire argument behind the claim that
phonebooks had no copyright protection. Similarly pure indexes have no
copyright protection since they exhibit no creativity at all. Bad news
It depends on the country (as Thomas said). This was the major issue behind
the National Portrait Gallery drama in 2009. The UK and other European
countries do count "sweat of the brow" labors as eligible for copyright
while the U.S. does not.
I don't know any other European country other than UK which count
"sweat of the brow" labors as eligible for copyright.