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Database Protection Legislation Introduced in Congress

Pike, George H. (2003) Database Protection Legislation Introduced in Congress. Information Today NewsBreaks & the Weekly News Digest. ISSN 8755-6286 (Submitted)

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On October 8, 2003, the ongoing debate over the need for database protection returned to the floors of Congress with the introduction House Bill 3261, the Database and Collections of Information Misappropriation Act. The Act would impose substantial civil penalties to anyone who makes available “in commerce” a “quantitatively substantial” part of an existing database or information collection. While the legislation remains controversial, with both critics and proponents arguing about various elements, the U.S. Copyright Office is on record favoring database protection legislation in principal, and this bill is described as “major step” toward the “balanced legislation the (Copyright) Office has long recommended.” Work is expected to continue on the bill well into next year. If the bill passes in the House, it must still be approved in the Senate.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Submitted
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Pike, George H.
Date: 20 October 2003
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Information Today NewsBreaks & the Weekly News Digest
Publisher: Learned Information, Inc., Medford, NJ
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Law > Law
School of Law > Law > Faculty Publications
Refereed: No
Uncontrolled Keywords: database, protection, legislation, Database, and, Collections, of, Information, Misappropriation, Act, House, Bill, 3261, U.S., Copyright, Office
ISSN: 8755-6286
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Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2010 14:23
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2018 00:55


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