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Re: Is database schema covered by the GPL?

From: Rjack
Subject: Re: Is database schema covered by the GPL?
Date: Wed, 25 Mar 2009 10:33:46 -0400
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Hyman Rosen wrote:
Rjack wrote:
Perhaps the definitions of "mere aggregation" and "combined work"
can be compared and contrasted.

In a "mere aggregation" separate files are placed on the same
storage medium. In a combined work, separate files are combined
into a single integrated work, typically represented as a single
file, where the so combined components function together.

Are you perhaps claiming it forms a collective work?

17 USC 101 Definitions:

A “collective work” is a work, such as a periodical issue, anthology, or encyclopedia, in which a number of contributions, constituting separate and independent works in themselves, are assembled into a collective whole.

A “compilation” is a work formed by the collection and assembling of preexisting materials or of data that are selected, coordinated, or arranged in such a way that the resulting work as a whole constitutes an original work of authorship. The term “compilation” includes collective works.

It sounds like blind men are describing an elephant. When describing a legal document, definitions are of great

There is no confusion whatsoever, except among those who seek to deliberately sow it.

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