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The Legal Protection of Databases: A Comparative Analysis

The Legal Protection of Databases: A Comparative Analysis

by Estelle DerclayeEstelle Derclaye


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The protection of the investment made in collecting, verifying or presenting database contents is still not harmonised internationally. Some laws over-protect database contents, whilst others under-protect them. This book examines and compares several methods available for the protection of investment in database creation – namely, intellectual property, unfair competition, contract and technological protection measures – in order to find an adequate type and level of protection. To this effect, the author uses criteria based on a combination of the economics of information goods, the human rights to intellectual property and to information, and the public interest, proposing a model that can be adopted at international and national levels.

The Legal Protection of Databases will be of interest to intellectual property lawyers, competition lawyers, as well as general commercial lawyers because of the breadth of laws reviewed. It will also appeal to practitioners, policymakers, economists and students.

Editorial Reviews

Patricia Akester

‘Dr Derclaye’s book is well structured. . . the methodology is theoretical and comparative. . . Derclaye’s work on database law is timely and readable, presenting a sound thesis to the perceived problems.’

Richard Chambers

‘This book has a wide-ranging, detailed appeal for all lawyers, students and those in the public and private sectors. . .’

Tanya Aplin

‘. . . this book is a detailed, comprehensive and well-researched examination of legal protection of databases, which offers a valuable template for reform that will be of great interest to academics and policymakers alike.’

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781847201331
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
Publication date: 02/28/2008
Pages: 392
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

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