Copyright And Internet – Database Protection In Germany

Computer technology has made possible the transformation of expressive works into digital electronic format. Through the Internet, the user can download and manipulate pre-existing works and then retransmit them. This article highlights how databases are protected under German Law.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

Are Software and databases protected?
Is there other protection of databases compiling facts?
Are there restraints of the sui-generis law?
How long do the rights exist and who is holding the rights?
What are the rights of the copyright holder?

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