Data sets and databases that lack a relevant component of originality are not protected by Copyright in the EU. However, a Directive from 1993 establishes what became known as Databases rights, protecting databases for the material and human efforts invested in their creation.
Paragraph 3 of Article 7 states:
- The right referred to in paragraph 1 may be transferred, assigned or granted under contractual licence.
Does this means that an open source licence can be applied to a data set under Databases rights?