18 Mason v Montgomery.docx - Mason v Montgomery Data Inc Author Palis DRH 967 F.2d 135(5th Cir 1992 Notes Reavley J Topic Derivative works and

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Mason v. Montgomery Data, Inc. 967 F.2d 135 (5th Cir. 1992) Reavley, J. Topic: Derivative works and compilationsAuthor: Palis, DRHNotes: FACTS:Mason’s mapsBetween August 1967 and July 1969, Mason created and published 118 real estate ownership maps that, together, cover all of Montgomery County, Texas. Mason obtained the information that he included on the maps from a variety of sources.Mason testified that he used substantial judgment and discretion to reconcile inconsistencies among the various sources, to select which features to include in the final map sheets, and to portray the informationin a manner that would be useful to the public. From 1970 to 1980, Mason revised the original maps and eventually published 115 new maps with copyright notices, for a total of 233 maps.Mason registered the copyright for one of the original 118 maps in October 1968.MDI and Landata’s use of Mason’s mapsMontgomery Data (MDI) and Landata used Mason’s maps as part of a geographical indexing system that
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