Legal Protection of Databases.

In the European Union, Directive 96/9/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 March 1996 on the legal protection of databases provides protection for the intellectual creation that is a database, plus protection for the "sweat of the brow" effort of making such databases (that is also for the non-intellectual effort).

Such rights have been considered and may well exist in other jurisdictions.

An EU information page exists on this topic. In part it says:

1. This Directive covers databases defined as "a collection of independent works, data or other materials arranged in a systematic or methodical way; and individually accessible by electronic or other means".

2.The Directive provides

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