[Foundation-l] GFDL Q&A update and question

Brian Brian.Mingus at colorado.edu
Thu Jan 8 23:02:05 UTC 2009


These subcollections obviously pass the threshold for creativity. A court
case on telephone directories, which is simply a two or three column output,
has very little applicability to the complex formats published by the WMF.

I also recognize this to be a legal grey area, and my opinion unfounded.

But I believe this would have significant consequences, no?

On Thu, Jan 8, 2009 at 3:49 PM, Robert Rohde <rarohde at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Thu, Jan 8, 2009 at 4:42 PM, Brian <Brian.Mingus at colorado.edu> wrote:
> > Who owns the copyright for the selection, coordination or arrangement of
> the
> > dumps?
> >
> > http://www.copyright.gov/docs/regstat092303.html
> >
> You are citing a proposed bill from 2003-04 that never made it to the
> floor for a vote.
> To the more general point, I would personally argue that Feist v.
> Rural [1] applies to the dumps and the selection / arrangement is
> ineligible for copyright.  Hence, in my opinion, there is no copyright
> for the dump as a whole, though the individual articles in contains
> are certainly eligible for copyright.
> -Robert Rohde
> [1]
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feist_Publications_v._Rural_Telephone_Service
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