(c) Michal Shur-Ofry, 2009 Protection of Contents – the diverging attitudes: English Law: protection of factual compilations on the basis of skill and labour in assembling the data and preparing the database - e.g. – BBC v. Time Out (broadcasting schedules), Waterlow v. Reed (classified directories), Littlewood (sports fixture lists ); US Law: Feist Publications (1991) – originality – a modest amount of creativity in selection and arrangement of the material (as opposed to sweat of the brow). Factual contents of compilations cannot enjoy copyright protection regardless of the investment expended in their assembling; Australian Law: Telstra (2002) EU Databases Directive (1996): SUI GENERIS right – protection of databases contents based on substantial investment, qualitative or quantitative, in either the obtaining, verification or presentation of the contents. Background: Copyrights Position Towards Databases Protection
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