Originally Posted by Brutha
The documents from the Islandic banks would be one example. Most of what Wikileaks released pre-2010 are subject to copyright. All documents that aren't created by the US government are subject to copyrighted.
In the pre-2010 days Wikileaks also lost access to their domain for a few days because of a court injunction that was about reveal intellectual projerty of a bank.
In that case they would push for a way to charge a fee for blocking IP addresses.
I think you may be confusing trade secrets and intellectual property with copyright. This law does not apply to the fomer two. This is from wikipedia :
Copyright may apply to a wide range of creative, intellectual, or artistic forms, or "works". Specifics vary by jurisdiction, but these can include poems, theses, plays, other literary works, movies, dances, musical compositions, audio recordings, paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs, software, radio and television broadcasts, and industrial designs. Graphic designs and industrial designs may have separate or overlapping laws applied to them in some jurisdictions.
Copyright does not cover ideas and information themselves, only the form or manner in which they are expressed. For example, the copyright to a Mickey Mouse cartoon restricts others from making copies of the cartoon or creating derivative works based on Disney's particular anthropomorphic mouse, but doesn't prohibit the creation of other works about anthropomorphic mice in general, so long as they're different enough to not be judged copies of Disney's. In many jurisdictions, copyright law makes exceptions to these restrictions when the work is copied for the purpose of commentary or other related uses (See Fair Use, Fair Dealing). Meanwhile, other laws may impose additional restrictions that copyright does not — such as trademarks and patents.
Copyright laws are standardized somewhat through international conventions such as the Berne Convention and Universal Copyright Convention. These multilateral treaties have been ratified by nearly all countries, and international organizations such as the European Union or World Trade Organization require their member states to comply with them.
Interesting idea on having some system where blocking an IP address is purchaseable, not sure if I like that idea though.