MR. GLICK: That is what I meant by making the right products available instead of the database itself available, for that very reason.
MR. MASSANT: Then I think legal protection would help cover that situation whereas a contract license wouldn't.
DR. WILLIAMS: It is the cost and benefit that we are talking about. If protection adds a lot of obstacles that impede our ability to create things in the future, then that added protection is not desirable.
MS. SINGER: I am leery about going forward without copyright protection even though we have very stringent licensing, especially around the world. It sends a terrible message.
MR. GLICK: That is right, if U.S. database providers do not have any protection in their own market.
DR. SERAFIN: Are there other comments or questions? If not, I thank everyone for participating.
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