European Court Of Justice Limits Scope Of Database Protection

Law360, New York (November 10, 2004, 12:00 AM EST) -- In a decision with broad implications for database publishing, the European Court of Justice has ruled that U.K. bookmakers acted within the law when they used schedules of horse races and soccer games without paying a licensing fee to the companies that compiled the databases.

The case hinged on a relatively recent law, Directive 96/9/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 March 1996 on the legal protection of databases, designed to protect intellectual property and digital information such as music.

“The Court...
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