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Title: Was feist a catalyst for the structure of database directive? : A legal exploration of the implications of the feist decision
Authors: Gupta, Indranath
Advisors: Borghi, M
Ferretti, F
Keywords: Incentive and legislative endeavour;Transatlantic influence of American jurisprudence;European intellectual property legislative history;Intellectual property and American legislative history;Indentying requirement of an intellectual property legislation
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Brunel University London
Abstract: This thesis studies the influence of US Supreme Court judgement in Feist Publications Inc. v. Rural Telephone Service Co on Directive 96/9/EC. It primarily looks at the implications of Feist decision, and the influence that it had on European legislation. The decision in Feist Publications led the Commission to believe two things: Feist created a new-line of jurisprudence in US in the context of copyright protection of factual databases, and the decision will be detrimental for future production of electronic databases. This thesis shows that the Feist decision was a clarification of existing copyright law. As an example, the thesis observes that the US database market did not react to any apprehended negative impact of Feist. In the US, where there was no specific Database Right, Feist has had negligible practical and doctrinal impact. The Feist decision also left an indelible mark on the overall structure of the Database Directive. While Article 3 represented the positive impact, Article 7 was surrounded by uncertainties and ambiguities. This Article represents the outcome of apprehending negative impact of Feist. This has resulted in an imbalance which must be rectified and only a limited amount of protection should be offered to producers in absence of evidence.
Description: This thesis was submitted for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy and awarded by Brunel University London
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