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U.S. Copyright Office, Report on Legal Protection for Databases (Aug. 1997) (full-text) (Appendices).


The 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 use, and Copyright Office registration practices relating to databases. Finally, it discusses issues raised and concerns expressed in a series of Copyright Office meetings with representatives of a wide range of interested parties.

The report does not make recommendations on either the advisability or the form of any database protection legislation; rather, it presents the issues to be addressed and some options for dealing with specific concerns.