Copyright: Case Note on Desktop Marketing Systems Pty Ltd v Telstra Corporation Limited uploaded

I have just revised and uploaded a case note on Desktop Marketing Systems Pty Ltd v Telstra Corporation Limited [2002] FCAFC 112 (15 May 2002) which I first wrote in Nov 2002. It is an important case on originality generally though not directly applicable to the UK since s.3A (2) of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 inserted by reg. 6 of The Copyright and Rights in Databases Regulations 1997 provides as follows:

“For the purposes of this Part a literary work consisting of a database is original if, and only if, by reason of the selection or arrangement of the contents of the database the database constitutes the author’s own intellectual creation.”


The case addresses what constitutes a “substantial part” in copyright law though I did not discuss that in the case note.

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About Jane Lambert

I am a barrister specializing in intellectual property, technology, media and entertainment and competition law. I specialize in helping SME (small and medium enterprises) protect and exploit their investment in brands, design, technology and the arts. SME require intellectual property (legal protection for their intellectual assets) at least as much as big business but their limited means restrict the way they can use it. Looking after such clients wisely requires skills and knowledge which have taken me years to learn.
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One Response to Copyright: Case Note on Desktop Marketing Systems Pty Ltd v Telstra Corporation Limited uploaded

  1. Don’t forget our own test of substantial part was decided by the High Court (our superior Court) in the Panel case – http://www.austlii.edu.au/cgi-bin/disp.pl/au/cases/cth/HCA/2004/14.html?query=panel+and+channel+nineAs I understand, our test is a touch different to yours.Cheers and great content as always.

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