Reading Hillary Rodham's Hidden Thesis
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"...as we have seen, copyright governs specific expressions, but not the facts or ideas upon which the expressions are based. Copyright does not protect ideas. But that is one of the most widely misunderstood aspects of copyright. And even that basic principle is under attack in the new digital environment. In 1997, the National Basketball Association tried to get pager and Internet companies to refrain from distributing game scores without permission. And more recently, Major League Baseball has tried, but so far has failed, to license the use of player statistics to limit 'free riding' firms that make money facilitating fantasy baseball leagues. Every Congressional session, database companies try to create a new form of intellectual property that protects facts and data, thus evading the basic democratic right that lets facts flow freely."
[Columbia Journalism Review: 'Copyright Jungle']
Are you under the impression that NOAA data is available only to those who pay taxes to the U.S. government?
"Andrew Beckerman-Rodau, co-director of the intellectual property law program at Suffolk University Law School, said that although the law regarding fair use is subject to interpretation, he thinks the students have a good case.
'Typically, if you quote something for education purposes, scholarship or news reports, that's considered fair use,' Beckerman-Rodau said. 'But it seems like Turnitin is a commercial use. They turn around and sell this service, and it's expensive. And the service only works because they get these papers.'"*
"Turnitin.com considered the potential issue with copyright laws in 2002 and consulted a legal firm to address it. A legal document on its website clarifies why archiving unpublished student manuscripts is not an infringement upon copyright laws.
It admitted that, 'The archival of a submitted work is perhaps the most legally sensitive aspect of the Turnitin system.'"*
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