House Advances Bill to Protect Database Publishers

Law360, New York (October 17, 2003, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The Congressional Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property voted 11-4 Thursday to approve legislation that would protect databases from copyright infringement, Reuters reported.

The Database and Collections of Information Misappropriation Act of 2003 (H.R. 3261), sponsored by Howard Coble (R.-N.C.), allows database owners to sue in civil court for damages arising from the theft of the information.

Database lobbying groups such as the Coalition Against Database Piracy have pushed for the legislation. They cite gaps in current intellectual-property law, which holds that factual contents...
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