Re: Data record layouts and database schemas--copyrightable?
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Posted by cygnet on June 19, 2002 at 03:47:15:
In Reply to: Data record layouts and database schemas--copyrightable? posted by Jay on June 19, 2002 at 01:34:55:
Gee, I hope not because I'd have to change all the databases I've ever set up. I'm no lawyer, but it seems the entire point of a database is to be customizable by the user. And how would a user ever know what specific structure of fields was copyrighted? Your example seems akin to trying to copyright a certain sentence structure, but not the words themselves. (e.g. You can't write the sentence "Mice frighten elephants" without my permission because I have the copyright on sentences with a syubject-verb-object structure.)
Just a thought.
: I am wondering if one can have a copyright on the actual structure--schema--of a database. This is a different issue from the contents of a database. For example, if one of the tables in my database has three data elements--
: Last name (20 char)
: is this structure something I can copyright?
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