Use of Dedicated Meta-Search Engine Infringes Database Right: The CJEU's Stance in Innoweb v. Wegener

Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, April (2014)

2 Pages Posted: 28 Apr 2014

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Enrico Bonadio

City University London - The City Law School

Angelo Rovati

University of Pavia

Date Written: April 2014

Abstract

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) released an important decision concerning the sui generis right under Article 7 of the Directive 96/9 on the legal protection of databases. The court held that an internet operator that provides a dedicated meta-search engine (which in turn uses search engines provided by other websites to retrieve results) re-uses the whole or a substantial part of the contents of a database and therefore commits infringement, if such engine: (i) provides the end user with a search form which substantially has the same functionality as the search form on the target website; (ii) enables a search of the whole database in the target website and (iii) presents the elaborated results in a way which is comparable to that of the target website.

Keywords: Intellectual property, database right, copyright

Suggested Citation

Bonadio, Enrico and Rovati, Angelo, Use of Dedicated Meta-Search Engine Infringes Database Right: The CJEU's Stance in Innoweb v. Wegener (April 2014). Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, April (2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2429930 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2429930

Enrico Bonadio (Contact Author)

City University London - The City Law School ( email )

London, EC1V OHB
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.city.ac.uk/law/

Angelo Rovati

University of Pavia ( email )

Corso Strada Nuova, 65
27100 Pavia, 27100
Italy

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