After a five-year legal battle, a federal appellate panel has upheld a Fort Lauderdale company’s right to copyright its online directory of boats for sale, and it ordered two competing boat-listing firms to pay $1.6 million for infringing that copyright.

Fort Lauderdale attorney Philip D. Parrish, who represented BUC International Corp., said the unanimous 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on June 21 in BUC International Corp. v. International Yacht Council, et al. is “an important clarification” that the rules protecting a copyrighted “compilation of facts” are the same whether the information is on the Internet or in printed form.

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