While I understand there are tremendous problems with the TSA (well before the new scanners and pat downs) and that whether they should exist at all is a big question, how are they related to this incident? Seems like a very tangential opportunity to throw the TSA under the bus.
Clearly a law enforcement official broke protocol. End of story.
The TSA is giving everyone plenty opportunities to complain about their policies, procedures and enforcement. Not this time. Or are you implying the TSA should be tracking items not generally allow on board.
After writing SQL for 16+ years now, I am going to say in general, no. Even though I have written some really elegant, really complex queries, NO. Not worth copywriting. Could it be? Maybe. I have my doubts a single query having enough uniqueness to even merit a copyright. Databases change if not get outright replaced pretty quickly. As do queries to maintain the data.
If we were talking database schemas I would be more inclined to yes. Still database queries and schemas aren't really great products on their own. So copyright of them would be mostly bullshit IMO. Sell complete product then copyright.
The author of the said query was performing a service...can you copyright that??? Ugh.
If the people who are pushing this feel so strongly about it, why aren't they entering the market and offering the a la carte channels themselves? Seems like investing funds in a start up would be better spent than on attorneys and lawsuits.