>> Indeed, is it, being a compilation of facts, subject to any conditions at all? ... If not, why does it matter whether they agree to anything?
> That's one of the really messy things, it greatly depends on jurisdiction. Some places you can't copyright facts, some you can if they've collection into a database. Some places you can copyright the database, some places have sui generis database rights, some have neither.
I wonder whether they really need to have the data protected in all jurisdictions? I presume that what they want is to prevent evil people incorporating the data into their own, closed offerings. But I would have thought that if said evil people could then no longer offer what they have in some important markets they might well decide that it isn't worth it anyway.