« Reply #1 on: May 26th, 2005, 3:44am »
I think the structure of a creatively designed database might be
protectable, but I also suspect that few rise to that level.
But the data in the database is not protectable under US law.
That said, there can be issues related to accessing even publicly
available databases. For example, some patent databases have
terms of service which limit the volume of requests from a source.
There is some precedent (at least on the district court level)
suggesting that such limits are enforceable particularly if
substantial resources on the database owners computer are
being consumed by someone who has been told to stop.