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Legal update: ECJ rules on protection afforded by database right

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In March 2004, a hearing took place at the European Court of Justice (ECJ) concerning database right and interpretation of the Database Directive. Questions had been referred by the national courts of the UK, Finland, Greece and Sweden that had wide-ranging implications for the protection that databases receive in Europe. As described previously in this journal, the UK questions were referred from the Court of Appeal in the UK's leading database right case, British Horseracing Board (BHB) v William Hill. This concerned alleged infringement of database right in BHB's horseracing database by William Hill's use of racing information on its internet betting site. Other UK actions involved the databases of football fixtures owned by Fixtures Marketing Ltd.Journal of Database Marketing & Customer Strategy Management (2005) 12, 266–271; doi:10.1057/palgrave.dbm.3240262

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Affiliations: 1: 1is a solicitor in the Intellectual Property Department at Bristows. He specialises in intellectual property law. He has an MA in chemistry and a doctorate in protein chemistry. 2: 2is a solicitor in the Intellectual Property Department at Bristows. He holds a PhD in physics and has a special interest in matters involving IT and electronics.

Publication date: April 1, 2005

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