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Subject: Re: To Eugene Nalimov: Copyright of Tablebase files

Author: Reinhard Scharnagl

Date: 02:25:58 06/05/04

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On June 05, 2004 at 01:39:40, Karl-Heinz Milaster wrote:

>last year I  buy 11 Tablebase cd's on Ebay. Last month I receive a letter from
>the german police: Probably the seller has violate the copyright of ChessBase.
>But the cd's are not a simple copy of any ChessBase product.
>Is this possible? Has ChessBase a exclusive right to bring tablebase cd's to the
>german market?
>Excuse my englisch.
>Kind regards,
>Karl-Heinz Milaster

Hello Karl-Heinz,

I am not a lawyer. But I will describe my thoughts on that:

Even if a data source is free, that does not mean, that a special container
of that content also would be free. The gathering (calculating) and storing
of data in a special way into a file, or the arrangement of such files in
a special set is a result of creativity and copyright protected (in Germany)
as a newly created independent intellectual property.

Therefore in your case it would matter, from where the copied files (not the
included tables) had been taken and whether that has been free material or not.

Regards, Reinhard.

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