In this information sheet, we discuss the legal issues relevant to people compiling or using items such as tables of information; indexes and forms; collections of information such as directories; anthologies of short stories, essays or poetry; and databases.
– Copyright does not protect facts or information.
– Copyright may, however, protect “compilations” of information such as catalogues, databases, dictionaries, directories and tables, even though individual facts or items in the compilation are not protected.
– You do not need permission to reproduce particular facts from a compilation (such as a name, address and telephone number from a telephone directory). However, you will generally need permission to reproduce all or a “substantial part” of a compilation.