Because the lawyers out there just aren't busy enough, some big companies that rely on their collected databases of otherwise available information are trying to push a new law through Congress that would apply DMCA-style copyright protection over databases. That is, even if the content, itself, is publicly available, the database would get protected. The so-called Database and Collections of Information Misappropriation Act of 2003 would let anyone who claimed their database had been misappropriated file an un-reviewed subpoena to get private information from ISPs (sounds familiar, right?).
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