Linda, Just by publishing your original work (in book form or on the Internet), you have a copyright to it, although it has not been formally registered. But you cannot copyright the raw data in it. Even the phone companies cannot stop someone from rekeying their phone directories and publishing them again.
You also cannot stop someone from creating a new database from your published data (adding their own errors) and sending it in to Broderbund/Genealogy.com. And that company seems quite willing to take any "information" sent to it and package it up to sell to whoever wants to buy it. We have seen some of our data go up on their CDs. There seems to be no sign of any data quality control or concern for the rights of those whose research organized the data.
With so many people just getting into "genealogy", since it is so easy to collect a whole lot of "relatives" names, most of their customers don't seem to care, or even understand where the data is really coming from.
When Broderbund announce this publication service, I thought that there might be some value to some people in getting their work immortalized, although we had no intention of sending our data in for them to make money off of. (However, a relative did send some of it in, with his own errors added.)Many others at the announcement meeting expressed similar concerns. However, it seems to have turned out worse than we feared.
I see no practical solution to the problem. Genealogy used to be a labour of love, by people who wanted to share their knowledge and research techniques. Now it has been taken over as a business, and some of those businesses subscribe to the culture of making money, not the culture of genealogy. All these electronic resources can be great, but like all technology, they can be abused.
And a note to C. McCloskey: the current version 3.0 of UFT has a bug that would probably prevent you from creating your book from it. The Family Journal report (the text report with event role sentences created and event and individual text added) does not work properly if you have citation entries embeded in your text data. (Any text following the citation becomes blank lines.) This problem was acknowledged months ago and maybe a fix will be available soon (... we've been hoping for so long). The previous versions UFT 2.8 and 2.9 seem to work properly and that is what I use for the FJ reports. However, I'm not sure if is still possible to get the software to migrate your system to these "obsolete" versions of UFT. (By the way, I still use UFT 3.0 to work with my data which is still in my Roots4 databases. So you can install UFT as a new installation, use your old datasets, and revert back to Roots IV if you feel like it.)