Public consultation on the Database Directive: Application and impact

On 24 May, a public consultation was launched on the Database Directive 96/9/EU.

The main objective of this consultation is to collect up to date information on:

  • The evolution of the market related to databases
  • The use and the impact of the copyright and the sui generis protection regimes on the database makers and users
  • The application of the Database Directive and possible needs for adjustment

The target group of the consultation are potential and actual producers, owners and users of databases from businesses of all sizes, member states and public authorities, data publishers and database makers, online service providers, data brokers, organised civil society, libraries and cultural heritage institutions, academia and researchers, consumers, end-users and citizens.

In this evaluation, the Commission is assessing whether the Directive still fulfils its policy goals and is fit-for-purpose in a digital, data-driven economy. The results of the consultation will feed into a Staff Working Document describing the Commissionā€™s findings.

The consultation is opened from the 24th of May 2017 and closes on the 30th of August 2017.


The Database Directive on legal protection of databases offers two-tier protection to databases:

  • Copyright protection to the databases which are considered `original`
  • Sui generis protection to databases on which major investments have been made

The consultation can be found here.

Date: 05/06/2017 | Tag: | News: 602 of 1574
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