PLG – 01/05/02

The recent case of British Horse Racing Board Limited and others -v- William Hill Organisation Limited 2001 was groundbreaking in that it was the first English case to define what constituted an infringement of database right on the Internet.

The brief facts of the case were that the British Horse Racing Board (“BHB”) invested considerable time and money in producing an extensive database of horse racing statistics. This database was licensed to third parties prior to race meetings.  Some third parties themselves sub-licensed this BHB database to their customers.  One such third party was Satellite Information Services (“SIS”).

One of SIS’s clients was William Hill Organisation Limited (“William Hill”), who own and operate betting shops and an internet betting service.


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