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Database Rights

Databases are the most recent form of intellectual property right to be recognised as worthy of its own legislation. A 'database' is a collection of independent works, data or other materials, which are arranged in a systematic or methodical way and are individually accessible by electronic or other means whether in the form of a hard-copy or on-line such as on the internet.

Database rights are similar to copyright and come into existence merely upon creation. The database right will last 15 years from the end of the calendar year in which the database was completed, or earlier if it was made available to the public beforehand, but if changes/additions to the database involve a 'substantial new investment', a new period of 15 years may take effect.

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