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Old 10 April 2014, 03:32 PM
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That's sort of like replying to "you can't copyright a natural material" by saying "but this painting is made of nothing but natural materials!" It's not the materials, nor the numbers themselves that are copyrighted. It's their collection in a format that is interpreted by machines and brains as created content. The numbers are just a medium.

By the way, as was discussed on this board before, you can trademark a number.
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Old 11 April 2014, 02:35 AM
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...any digital data (such as a DVD movie, an MP3 file or a program) is exactly that, just a list of numbers, or, if you prefer to read it that way, a very long number.
"Information alone without a minimum of original creativity cannot be protected by copyright." --Feist Publications, Inc., vs. Rural Telephone Service Co., 499 U.S. 340 (1991), Feist copied the Rural Telephone Service phone directory and presented it in a different manner. Rural sued and lost. Basically, you cannot copyright a list.

Interesting side point. Rural knew it was from their directory because they had a few "bogus" entries as copyright traps.

I like the way you think Troberg. Let me know when you publish "The List of Clever Words"
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I notice the book, "A Million Random Digits (etc)" is now available free. I often wondered if it had a copyright.
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Old 11 April 2014, 02:38 AM
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I notice the book, "A Million Random Digits (etc)" is now available free. I often wondered if it had a copyright.
OK, I know that wasn't meant seriously, but I was surprised see that the book is free. And it looks like the book is under copyright:
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The rights have since reverted to RAND. . .
http://www.rand.org/pubs/monograph_reports/MR1418.html
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