You don't hear much about database piracy in the news. There is not a Napster of database piracy, and trade organizations aren't engaged in clash-of-the-generations litigation with database pirates. The reason you don't hear much about database piracy is not because databases and their creators aren't important. In fact, the people who collect and organize portions of the vast expanse of information that pervades our society are at the very core of the information economy. Without databases, and those who create and maintain them, we would have to wade through dozens, hundreds or thousands of sources in order to get the medical information, laws, economic details and other facts and data that are now available at the touch of a button.
The reason that you don't hear about database piracy is that for the most part it isn't considered piracy at all. In the United States, database piracy is generally not even against the law.
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