Reutilization and Legal Protection of Non-Copyrightable Database Contents

MIT Sloan Research Paper No. 4622-06

CISL Working Paper No. 2006-07

8 Pages Posted: 28 Aug 2006

See all articles by Hongwei (Harry) Zhu

Hongwei (Harry) Zhu

University of Massachusetts Lowell; Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); Old Dominion University

Stuart Madnick

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Sloan School of Management

Date Written: August 2006

Abstract

The availability of data on the web and the improvement of technologies have made it increasingly easy to reuse existing data to create new databases and provide valueadded services. Meanwhile, initial database creators have been seeking legal protection for their data. After presenting a brief history of legislation related to legal protection for non-copyrightable database contents, we discuss challenging issues to be considered in formulating a database protection regulation. These issues can be addressed from the perspective of economics. Results from a preliminary economic analysis are presented. The findings indicate that depending on investment required to create the initial database and the level of differentiation between the initial database and the reuser database, the choice of a social welfare-enhancing regulation can allow for no reuse, free reuse, or fee-paying reuse.

Keywords: database protection, data reuse, economic analysis

Suggested Citation

Zhu, Hongwei and Madnick, Stuart E., Reutilization and Legal Protection of Non-Copyrightable Database Contents (August 2006). MIT Sloan Research Paper No. 4622-06; CISL Working Paper No. 2006-07. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=926609 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.926609

Hongwei Zhu

University of Massachusetts Lowell ( email )

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) ( email )

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Old Dominion University ( email )

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HOME PAGE: http://www.odu.edu/~hzhu

Stuart E. Madnick (Contact Author)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Sloan School of Management ( email )

E53-321
Cambridge, MA 02142
United States
617-253-6671 (Phone)
617-253-3321 (Fax)

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