EU Database Directive Draws Fire

Lee Hadden writes: \”The EU scientific community is disagreeing over the provisions of
copyright law. There is an article in the July 8, 2002 issue of The
Scientist by Eugene Russo about this difference in law and cultural
diversity, on page 18.\”

The Story [requires some kind of registration] raises some interesting questions. Who owns the mountains of data contained in
databases–whether stock prices, real estate values, or
countless genome sequences? What intellectual property rights
do database creators have? And how much protection is too