Thursday, December 16, 2010

Telstra loses appeal on phone directories case

The decision upheld a February Federal Court decision that copyright did not subsist in Telstra's White and Yellow Pages directories

The unanimous decision by Chief Justice Keane, Justice Perram and Justice Yates was delivered in three separate judgements, all in general agreement with Justice Gordon's first instance decision. Chief Justice Keane observed that "in my respectful opinion, the decision of the trial judge was correct". [95]

Chief Justice Keane holding 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."

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