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Cable and Wireless withdraws copyright appeal

Published:Tuesday | December 9, 2014 | 9:09 AM

Jerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Cable and Wireless Jamaica Limited has withdrawn its application for leave to go to the United Kingdom Privy Council to challenge a court order that its customer and directory database are not protected by copyright.

Telecommunications provider Digicel was the defendant in the matter.

The appeals court had ruled in April that Cable & Wireless’ customer and directory database do not qualify as original intellectual creations and as such are not protected by the Copyright Act.

In handing down its judgment the appeals court found that the database or listings were a mere collection of factual information which did not attract copyright protection.

Cable and Wireless was seeking to block the respondents, Digicel and Oceanic Digital Jamaica Limited, from accessing the database.

In response to the claim, Digicel filed a notice of application for court orders that Cable & Wireless' application be dismissed.

The Supreme Court upheld Digicel's legal arguments and dismissed C&W’s claim.

Cable and Wireless took the matter to the Court of Appeal and the court upheld the Supreme Court ruling.


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