CJEU says that owner of an online database not protected by copyright or sui generis right may restrict its use by contract

The CJEU has just issued its 46-paragraph decision in Case C-30/14 Ryanair, a reference for a preliminary ruling from The Netherlands seeking clarification as regards the Database Directive. The CJEU ruled that the Database Directive only applies to databases protected by copyright or the sui generis right, and that the holder of a publicly accessible database is free to determine by contract and in compliance with the applicable national law the conditions of use of its database.

Country: EU

Domains: IPR

Stakeholder: European Bodies

Tags: CJEU, Database Directive, preliminary ruling, sui generis right, copyright

Posted on Thursday 15 January 2015

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