Policy ForumIntellectual Property

Database Protection and Access to Information

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Science  07 Aug 1998:
Vol. 281, Issue 5378, pp. 786-787
DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5378.786

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Gardner and Rosenbaum discuss the "Collections of Information Antipiracy Act," which is currently before the U.S. Senate. If enacted into law, the Act would significantly increase the property rights of database owners. Proponents argue that pervasive networking of computers and weaknesses in U.S. law mandate increased protection of the rights of information owners. Opponents of the Act believe that the Antipiracy Act's expansion of property rights in data could make information vital to science prohibitively expensive or inaccessible.