February 27, 2004
Will This Case Add More Fuel to the Fire for Database Protection?

I wonder if this case, and the decision in favor of Berkshire Information Systems against competitor, Inquiry Management Systems, won't cause more support for HR 3261. That's the bill that would make up a whole new sort of intellectual property protection for databases, and is...

    backed by big database companies like Reed Elsevier and Thomson but opposed by Amazon.com, AT&T, Comcast, Google, Yahoo and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce....
    If IMS had won on its DMCA arguments and if the decision had been upheld on appeal, the case would have significantly expanded the scope of legal protection that database owners enjoy.

Let's not allow the bill to pass that would significantly expand the scope of legal protection that database owners enjoy.

Posted by Mary Hodder at February 27, 2004 06:50 PM
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