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Are numerical data and data in simple tables and graphs protected by copyright?

Category: Terms of Use

The Copyright Act stipulates in item (i), paragraph (1) of Article 2 that "work"means a production in which thoughts or sentiments are expressed in a creativeway and which falls within the literary, scientific, artistic, or musicaldomain. Mere facts and data do not fall under this definition, and aretherefore excluded from copyright protection.

Data that does not fall under the definition of creative expression is referred toas "numerical data and data in simple tables and graphs." (Pleasenote that numerical data does not refer to all forms of digital data.)