Media, Sport & Entertainment: Horse trading
A recent European Court of Justice judgment has alarmed data licensors. As a result of the ruling, taking the time to invest, research and build up a database is no longer an automatic guarantee of ownership of the database's contents. Paul Barton and Guy Veysey report
In November 2004, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) delivered four judgments that materially diminished the protection available to database owners. One of those cases, that of British Horseracing Board Limited (BHB) v William Hill – the first English case to be brought under Directive 96/9/EC concerning the legal protection of databases – is expected to go back to the Court of Appeal this summer. So what are the implications of this landmark ECJ decision?
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