The sui generis right grants its holder two categories of rights:
1. the right to prevent the extraction of either all or a substantial part of the database. The term “extraction” refers to the permanent or temporary transfer of the whole or a substantial part of the contents of the database to another medium, by any means or in any form. It implies that some degree of choice or individual appreciation of the content to be extracted is made.
2. the right to prevent the re-utilisation of all or a substantial part of the database. The term “re-utilisation” refers to any form of making available to the public the whole or a substantial part of the contents of the database by distributing or renting copies, through on-line or other forms of transmission.
The expression “substantial part” of the contents refers to a part that could be substantial in quantitative or qualitative terms – therefore a part may be considered substantial even if it is quantitatively small.
The sui generis right protects, as an intangible asset, the results of the financial and/or professional investment carried out towards the methodical and systematic classification of independent data. This right is not a right over the information stored in the database and does not constitute an extension of the copyright protection which may apply to the contents of the database.