Copyright in databases
In December 2010, the Full Federal Court decided that there was no copyright in White Pages and Yellow Pages telephone directories.
Chief Justice Keane was convinced by the respondents argument that the White and Yellow Pages “were compiled, not by the individuals engaged to facilitate the process, but by a computerised process of storing, selecting, ordering and arranging the data to produce the directories in the form in which they were published.” [7-8]
See Australian Copyright Council note
For the full decision, see http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/cases/cth/FCAFC/2010/149.html