Internet Law D3
To clarify the position on the legal protection of databases in Europe, in 1996 the European Union adopted a Directive on the Legal Protection of Databases (EU Database Directive), which has been implemented in the domestic law of European Union member states. The EU Database Directive applies to databases, irrespective of their form, defining ‘databases’ as ‘a collection of independent works, data or other materials arranged in a systematic or methodical way and individually accessible by electronic or other means’.
Considering the UK’s implementation of this database right in the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1998;
– What sorts of databases would have previously been protected by copyright that do not meet the requirements to be protected by the database right?
– Other than the protection afforded by the database right, what other forms of intellectual property may attach to database and its contents?
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