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Re: Copyright of previous public domain

There is no copyright in the format or layout of a work in the US or
Canada -- I think this right exists in the UK copyright law.

It's hard to know what the vendor is thinking and whether or not he does in
fact have a right to claim at all, but aren't the same documents available
from a government Web site?

Lesley Ellen Harris, Barrisster & Solicitor
Editor, The Copyright & New Media Law Newsletter
T: 202.255.2522

----- Original Message -----
From: Shirley Lambert <SLambert@scarecrowpress.com>
To: <liblicense-l@lists.yale.edu>
Sent: Thursday, August 22, 2002 6:57 AM
Subject: Re: Copyright of previous public domain

> I think the issue here might be the copyright on the format of the
> material rather than on the content itself. The vendor has spent the money
> to digitize and presumably index the material, and the argument can be
> made that such effort is protected.
> --
> Shirley Lambert
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