The Copyright and Rights in Databases Regulations 1997

These Regulations implement the provisions of Council Directive No. 96/9/EC of 11 March 1996 on the legal protection of databases ("the Directive"). The Regulations come into force on 1st January 1998 . The Directive harmonises the laws of member states relating to the protection of copyright in databases and also introduces a new sui generis right to prevent extraction and re-utilisation of the contents of a database ("database right"). The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 ("the Act") makes no specific provision for databases . The Act currently makes provision for protection of copyright in compilations. A database may fall to considered as a type of compilation . The Directive requires that a database be defined and that copyright protection should only be accorded to a database which by virtue of the selection or arrangement of the contents constitutes the author's own intellectual creation . 

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