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Copyright in databases in Australia

Fitzgerald, Anne M. & Dwyer, Natasha Copyright in databases in Australia. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

A database will be protected under Australian law if it is a literary work; expressed in material form; meets the originality test; and has a relevant connection with Australia. Facts and data in themselves are not protected by copyright. However, a collection of data, a dataset, or a database may be protected by copyright if it is sufficiently original. Whether a work is sufficiently original to be protected by copyright depends on whether it has been produced by the application of independent intellectual effort by the author/s, which may involve the exercise of skill, judgement, or creativity in selecting, presenting, or arranging the information. This summary synthesises recent cases regarding originality in factual compilations.

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ID Code: 50425
Item Type: Other
Keywords: Copyright, Database, Originality, Data, Australia
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Intellectual Property Law (180115)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Natasha Dwyer and Anne Fitzgerald
Copyright Statement: Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia Licence
Deposited On: 18 May 2012 08:57
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2012 16:10

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