Copyright questions are always fascinating, and always a bit
frustrating. However, in your case, I think I can offer a fairly
First, though, please note the disclaimer at the bottom of this page.
I am not a legal professional, and Google Answers is not a substitute
for professional legal advice.
Having said that, though, there is a lot of precedent that makes it
fairly clear that simple facts are not protected by copyright.
Copyright exists to protect original works of authorship. But a
collection of facts is not generally considered to rise to the level
of 'original' authorship, and is therefore generally not protected by
In fact, a fairly famous intellectual property case decided by the
Supreme Court -- Feist Publications v Rural Telephone -- found that
the listings in the phone book could not be copyright-protected, since
they are simple statements of fact rather than works characterized by
A good and brief overview of this whole topic can be found here:
DATABASE COPYRIGHT PROTECTION (OR THE LACK THEREOF)
Another take on the same aspect of the law can be seen here:
SUPREME COURT NARROWS COPYRIGHT PROTECTION FOR FACTUAL COMPILATIONS
Note, however, that it is only the bare facts themselves that are
copyright-free, not their particular style of presentation,
organization, or other embellishments that may well be protected by
My read of this is that using a piece of information like the weight
of an item, or the fact that it has (or doesn't have) a 2 year
warranty, would not be infringing on copyright.
This answer is fairly brief, but I trust it contains all the
information you need regarding your own situation.
However, please do not rate this answer until you feel you have
everything you need. If there's anything else I can do for you, just
let me know by posting a Request for Clarification, and I'm at your
All the best...
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