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HR 3261: Database and Collections of Information Misappropriation Act [Jan. 28th, 2004|09:06 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
In stupid law news, HR 3261, the "Database and Collections of Information Misappropriation Act", approved Jan 21st by the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, allows databases to be copyrighted, even if they're just collections of otherwise-available facts, quotes, etc.

So, uh, better not crawl LiveJournal for data.... that's now illegal.

*rolls eyes*

[User Picture]From: themabbi
2004-01-28 09:59 pm (UTC)
Not yet. The House passed it, but the Senate hasn't, and I don't think they will. The House has passed some crazy shit in the last few years, most recently before this an energy package so bloated it became known as the "No Lobbyist Left Behind" act. The Senate usually throws out the crazy stuff...we'll see ;)
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[User Picture]From: brad
2004-01-28 10:23 pm (UTC)
Ahhh, phew.
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[User Picture]From: hawk
2004-01-29 12:51 am (UTC)
::grimaces:: Here's hoping. Like the world needs more stupid.
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[User Picture]From: sewcute
2004-01-29 07:56 am (UTC)
totally random and I am sorry totally off topic, but noticing that you have over 200 friends and on your friends of list over 600, I wondered what makes you decide whether to add a friend or not?
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[User Picture]From: brad
2004-01-29 09:15 am (UTC)


If either I know them in real life or want to read them.

Is there any other legit reason?
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[User Picture]From: dakus
2004-01-29 08:11 am (UTC)
They already have enough laws to jail us all. Now they are going after Canadians?

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[User Picture]From: deveiant
2004-01-29 09:06 am (UTC)
I wonder if it's a reaction to this: http://www.techlawjournal.com/topstories/2003/20031125.asp

Is it just me, or is there a disturbing trend nowadays for companies to go buy a congressman if they lose out in the courts?

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