[ALAC] The end of time?

Alan Greenberg alan.greenberg at mcgill.ca
Tue Oct 11 19:04:31 UTC 2011


I know nothing about this particular issue, but I do recall that 
compilations of sports scores and other sports statistics have long 
been deemed to be copyrighted by various sports associations and 
their publishers, so there certainly is precedent to copyrighting 
compilations of facts.

Alan

At 11/10/2011 02:19 PM, Evan Leibovitch wrote:
>Hello everyone,
>
>I call your attention to this post on The Economist
><http://www.economist.com/blogs/babbage/2011/10/copyright-and-time-zones>regarding
>the database of timezones used by the world's computers. Apparently a US
>company has issued a takedown order based on a copyright claim.
>
>Further in the article there is mention that IANA was considered a possible
>custodian of the database, hence the relevance here. The article also
>suggests that the takedown notice might be invalid since timezones are facts
>and not expression -- but that this won't be tested in court.
>
>Is there anyone here that understands the issue better than I? Is this
>something in which At-Large can -- or should -- play a role?
>
>More info can be found -- including detauls of efforts to recreate the
>database -- are found in this blog
>post<http://blog.joda.org/2011/10/today-time-zone-database-was-closed.html>
>.
>
>- Evan
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