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Database rights are no 'impediment to the growth of Europe's data-driven economy'

Submitted by jboyd on Mon, 01/18/2016 - 11:57

An article on argues that the existence of database rights does not hold back EU businesses from developing innovative new uses for data despite what a recent report backed by two European Parliament committees says. 

Using examples from the markets for sports betting (football and horse racing) and for air travel (RyanAir), it shows that, at a basic level, database rights are not an impediment which prevents people using information because, in many cases, database rights simply will not subsist in sets of data. Establishing whether database rights exist or not will not, in any case, necessarily determine the answer to the question of whether data is free for others to use.  In the Ryanair case it was the law of contract and where personal data is involved it will be privacy rights afforded by data protection legislation.

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