Backing the bookies
The implications of a recent Court of Appeal judgment for the British Horseracing Board are serious; so serious that the board may have to seek alternative funding. But there are doubts about the wider implications of the ruling for database rights holders, as Charlie Everitt reports
On 13 July, 2005, the Court of Appeal handed down its judgment in the British Horseracing Board v William Hill case. The Court came down strongly in favour of William Hill by finding that its use of horseracing information taken from the British Horseracing Board’s database did not amount to database right infringement under the European Union Database Directive. Some doubts remain, however, about the wider applicability of the Court’s judgment.
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