Lawmakers to Weigh Database Protection Bill

Slashdot points to This Reuters article that says Lawmakers in the House of Representatives are circulating a proposed bill that would prevent wholesale copying of school guides, news archives and other databases which do not enjoy copyright protection.

The proposed bill would provide a legal umbrella for publishers of factual information, such as courtroom decisions and professional directories, similar to the copyright laws that protect music, novels and other creative works.

“Information, when not copyrighted, is something that can be shared. Once you start putting fences around information … there’s no freedom of inquiry, That doesn’t make us smarter, it makes us dumber.”