Intellectual creation in database: A superfluous test?

Nazura Abdul Manap, Siti Naaishah Hambali, Pardis Moslemzadeh Tehrani

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Abstract

Prior to amendment of Section 8(1)(b) of the Malaysian Copyright Act 1987 in the year 2000, copyright protection was conferred to a database product, provided that sufficient effort had been used in the making of the work. In contrast, the current Section 8(1)(b) requires a more stringent test of originality, i.e., it should be an intellectual creation. However, the ambiguity of meaning in the amended provision has resulted in problems in applying that section. The lack of precise definition of what amounts to a database in the Copyright Act has caused confusion on whether or not the newly introduced test of intellectual creation is needed. This is due to the fact that a database seems to be protected as literary work which itself is protected only on the basis of sufficient effort. This paper discusses originality requirements applicable to databases according to the Copyright Act 1987 and the ambiguities in the Copyright Act 1987.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)369-376
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Intellectual Property Rights
Volume18
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013

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  • Copyright act
  • Copyright protection
  • Database protection
  • Intellectual creation
  • Originality

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Intellectual creation in database : A superfluous test? / Abdul Manap, Nazura; Hambali, Siti Naaishah; Tehrani, Pardis Moslemzadeh.

In: Journal of Intellectual Property Rights, Vol. 18, No. 4, 07.2013, p. 369-376.

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Abdul Manap, Nazura ; Hambali, Siti Naaishah ; Tehrani, Pardis Moslemzadeh. / Intellectual creation in database : A superfluous test?. In: Journal of Intellectual Property Rights. 2013 ; Vol. 18, No. 4. pp. 369-376.
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