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This report gives an overview of the past and present domestic and international legal framework for database protection. It describes database industry practices in securing protection against unauthorized use and Copyright Office registration practices relating to databases. Finally, it discusses issues raised and concerns expressed in a series of Copyright Office meetings to create a new federal intellectual property right in databases. The report is divided into the following sections: (1) "Copyright Protection for Databases in the United States"; (2) "Database Industry Practices"; (3) "Copyright Office Registration Practices"; (4) "The International Context"; (5) "Prior Congressional Consideration"; (6) "Copyright Office Meetings"; and (7) "Issues" (including general, needs for additional protection, form of new protection, definitions, public interest users, duration, sole source data, and constitutionality). Appendices include: the Copyright Office Circular 65; European Database Directive; Proposed WIPO Database Treaty; Database Investment and Intellectual Property Antipiracy Act of 1996, H.R. 3531; and Copyright Office Database Meeting Participants. (AEF)

Descriptors: Access to Information, Copyrights, Databases, Fair Use (Copyrights), Federal Legislation, Federal Regulation, Information Policy, Information Technology, Intellectual Property, Legal Problems, Nonprint Media

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Author: Library of Congress, Washington, DC. Copyright Office.


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