The know how gained and information held within a business is one of a company's most valuable assets. Database rights can protect these assets.
There are many ways that this can be protected but one that is often overlooked is the protection afforded by database rights. The reason why database rights are overlooked is because the rights arise, not through the creation of new works but, through the collection and presentation of existing independent works and materials.
In a business context this means customer lists, sales records, business contacts and extracts from research reports, when arranged in a systematic or methodical way so that they can be individually accessed, will be protected by database right. Provided that the selection and arrangement of the contents of the database is as a result of the work of the business, the fact that these databases comprise of what might seem like ordinary information does not stop the business from having the exclusive right to extract and reutilise the information.
We can help you:
- to structure your information so that you obtain the maximum amount of protection.
- to licence your data to maximise revenue.
- with issues relating to misuse of your data such as exiting employees who have taken information, such as marketing databases, with them on their departure.
An example of a recent Database Right case
Football DataCo Ltd & Ors -v- Livescore Ltd & Ors – a case relating to the exploitation of football fixture lists and live football data including scores, goal scorers, penalties and free kicks.
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