Database right infringement

The High Court has found 77m (a geospatial address dataset creator) liable for database right infringement.

77m had created a dataset of the geospatial co-ordinates of all residential and non-residential addresses in Great Britain, for which it wished to sell access by combining large amounts of data from various datasets, including data derived from Ordnance Survey (OS). 77m did not get the data from OS directly but got it from other sources and there were complicated licences in place between the parties and the various sources.

The court said that it was irrelevant that 77m had extracted some of the data from a third party dataset rather than the OS database and that it was also irrelevant that it had transferred data only temporarily to a computer and then discarded it.