Football Match Fixtures and European Union Copyright Law: Answering the Questions Referred to the European Court of Justice in Football Dataco Ltd. v. Yahoo! UK Ltd.
22 Pages Posted: 9 Jun 2011 Last revised: 24 Nov 2012
Date Written: May 1, 2011
This paper attempts to answer the questions of Football Dataco v. Yahoo! UK Ltd. referred to the European Court of Justice by the English High Court, Chancery regarding copyright protection for football match fixture databases in the English and Scottish football leagues. Discussed first is the method of creation of the fixtures and the facts of the case at the trial court. I then analyze E.U. Directive 96/9 and the pertinent case law within the framework of the Chancery Opinion. Finally I answer the questions referred to the ECJ by the Chancery and discuss the influence these answers would have on EU IP law.
Keywords: Football Dataco, Yahoo! UK, database copyright, match fixtures, European Court of Justice, European Union, Database Directive 96/9
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