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CNET News.com: Companies fight over CD listings, leaving the public behind

May 24, 2001, 20:06 (16 Talkback[s])
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More on the Gracenote/Roxio lawsuit regarding the use of the CDDB database, which Gracenote owns. For those just joining the story, the issue with Gracenote's ownership of a database populated over the years by vounteers. Gracenote is currently involved in a lawsuit with Roxio over the latter's use of other online databases. This article gets into some background detail, including the Electronic Frontier Foundation's involvement and the fact Gracenot's suit could prevent other developers from moving to open source alternatives.

"The most egregious part of this lawsuit is that the company has taken the public's work and propertized it," said Robin Gross, an attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which fights for public rights on the Internet.

Furthermore, Gracenote's copyright is backed with a software patent, which in some part gives the company a lock on the organization of such a database."

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