The Protection of Databases

55 Pages Posted: 6 Apr 2008

See all articles by Daniel J. Gervais

Daniel J. Gervais

Vanderbilt University - Law School


In Parts I and II of this Paper, the author analyzes the legal protection of databases first in international treaties, in particular the Berne Convention and the WTO TRIPS Agreement, and second under national and regional copyright, sui generis, or other (e.g., tort) law in Europe (both the European Directive on the legal protection of databases of 1996, which was under review, and a number of relevant national laws), the United States, and a number of foreign jurisdictions (Australia, Canada, China, Nigeria, Russia, and Singapore). In Part III, the author provides a critical analysis of the effort to expand the legal protection of databases from both theoretical and empirical perspectives. In his conclusion, the author suggests three paths for the future evolution of the protection of databases at the international level.

Keywords: copyright, sui generis, databases, directive

JEL Classification: K11

Suggested Citation

Gervais, Daniel J., The Protection of Databases. Chicago-Kent Law Review, Vol. 82, No. 3, 2007, Available at SSRN:

Daniel J. Gervais (Contact Author)

Vanderbilt University - Law School ( email )

131 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203-1181
United States
615 322 2615 (Phone)

Do you have negative results from your research you’d like to share?

Paper statistics

Abstract Views
PlumX Metrics