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Searcher Magazine
VOLUME 13 • NUMBER 7 • July 2005
The Magazine for Database Professionals

Generosity and Copyright
Creative Commons and Creative Commons Search Tools

After offering a brief overview of U.S. copyright law, Laura Gordon-Murnane then takes a closer look at the Creative Commons Foundation, whose goal is to encourage authors, filmmakers, photographers, and/or musicians to participate in a friendlier form of copyleft.

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The Bigger Browser War
Alternatives to MS Internet Explorer 

Sheri Lanza, former Netscape stalwart, says there’s more to browsing than IE and Netscape. She visits cyberspace via two worthwhile competitors, Opera and Firefox; revisits Netscape; and checks out a few “shells,” including Maxthon and SlimBrowser.
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Database Protection Legislation
Copyright Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place 

While database legislation always seems to be in the news, databases, in fact, do not have strong copyright protection, a fact which continues to cast a pall on database providers and database production. In this comprehensive article, Anne Barker presents both sides of the database protection debate and details what is at stake for all concerned.
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The Chevy and Bimmer of Ready Reference 

Nick Tomaiuolo takes a spin on two Web-based ready-reference info sources, one free and one for those with deeper pockets, to see how they match up.
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Searcher's Voice
bq muses about the role intermediated searching can still play within the work environment and how professional searchers can help the lost find their way.
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Internet Express
Irene McDermott isn’t a physician, but she knows the best sites to go to for up-to-the-minute information on medical reakthroughs that literally could be a matter of life or death.
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Web Wise Ways
Looking for online help with financial and investment matters? Jill Hurst-Wahl reviews S&P’s Capital IQ product, which provides data, analytics, and news and can serve as a deal management system.

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Best Buys
Before you make those hardware, software, and Internet-related purchases, check out Best Buys.
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Find the postal and electronic addresses, phone and fax numbers for all the companies, products, and people mentioned in this issue.
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