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The Legal Protection of Databases


Part of Cambridge Intellectual Property and Information Law

William R. Cornish
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  • Date Published: January 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521049450

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  • Mark Davison examines several legal models designed to protect databases, considering in particular the EU Directive, the history of its adoption and its transposition into national laws. He compares the Directive with a range of American legislative proposals, as well as the principles of misappropriation that underpin them. In addition, the book also contains a commentary on the appropriateness of the various models in the context of moves for an international agreement on the topic. This book will be of interest to academics and practitioners, including those involved with databases and other forms of new media.

    • Offers historical perspective on development of the EU Directive
    • Provides information concerning the transposing laws of 9 EU Member States and related case law
    • Contains criticism of the Directive and US legislative proposals
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    'This text contains a wealth of information, is well written and uses a solid structure to analyse complex ideas and legislation in a way that is easy to follow … it will be an invaluable resource for those readers seeking an overview of developments in the protection of databases at a national and international level as well as for readers wanting an analysis on how such developments have been implemented.' Copyright Reporter

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521049450
    • length: 360 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.544kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword William R. Cornish
    Table of cases
    Table of legislation
    Table of European Union legislation
    Table of treaties, conventions, other international international and regional instruments
    1. Introduction
    2. Some basic principles
    3. Protection of databases in the EU
    4. Transposition of the Directive
    5. Protection of databases in the United States of America
    6. International aspects of protection of databases
    7. The appropriate model for the legal protection of databases

  • Author

    Mark J. Davison, Monash University, Victoria
    Mark Davison is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at Moash University. He has published articles on intellectual property and restrictive trade practices in England, Germany, Australia, Indonesia, Thailand and China.


    William R. Cornish

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