Ciprian Raul Romițan*
Directive 96/9 establishes two forms of legal database protection, i.e. through copyright and it is applicable to databases that, through the selection or arrangement of their items, constitute the author’s own intellectual creation, and through a sui generis right and it is applicable to databases, whose procurement, verification or content presentation prove a qualitatively or quantitatively substantial investment.
In the Romanian law, this new category of rights of database manufacturers, also referred to as sui generis rights, was regulated under Title II, Chapter VI called „Sui generis rights of database manufacturers” of Law No. 8/1996 on copyright and related rights, as amended by Law No. 285/2004 amending and supplementing Law No. 8/1996 on copyright and related rights.