Acohs Pty Ltd v Ucorp Pty Ltd [2012] FCAFC 16 (2 March 2012)

http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/cases/cth/FCAFC/2012/16.html

COPYRIGHT – literary work – originality – whether copyright subsists in HTML source code of material safety data sheets (MSDSs) rendered by computer program – whether work of joint authorship – where HTML source code is generated by computer program and includes data entered manually – whether copyright subsists in only part of the relevant copyright work

COPYRIGHT – literary work – originality – whether copyright subsists in MSDSs created by a process of transcription of third party MSDSs

COPYRIGHT – infringement – implied licence arising as a matter of law – scope of licence – where manufacturers, importers and suppliers of hazardous substances required to comply with legislative regimes for the provision of MSDSs – where first respondent reproduced appellant’s MSDSs in anticipation of receipt of customer requests for their provision

COPYRIGHT – infringement – whether appellant discharged onus to prove absence of licence in circumstances where primary judge found many MSDSs were the subject of a customer request for their provision and many were not – whether respondents carried an evidentiary burden to show acts falling within the scope of the implied licence found