Originally Posted by Yorkshiretea
He is right, you can't protect charts or tables as they are not seen as original works and as long as they are presented in a different way anyone can use them once published in the public domain. But threatening people with lawyers has turned me right off the project. I could really see the site being really useful but the approach is all wrong.
But it's not published "in the public domain" it's published on the internet.
But regardless of the legalities he talks about moral right. What morals, or certainly manners, would dictate, would be to ask the originators of the data for permission first.