About this consultation

Consultation period
24 May 2017 - 30 August 2017
Digital economy and society

Responses to this consultation

The Commission will publish the replies shortly after the end of the consultation period. You can follow this webpage, where a link to the results will be published.

Consultation outcome

We shall publish all contributions to the consultation unless non-publication is specifically requested in the general information section of the questionnaire.

A short summary of the consultation results will be published on this page within 1 month after the consultation closes. A synopsis report with a qualitative analysis of all consultation activities will be issued at the time of the evaluation Staff Working Document.

In case your response includes confidential data please provide a non-confidential version.

Target group

  • Potential and actual producers, owners and users of databases from businesses of all sizes
  • Member states and public authorities
  • Data publishers and database makers
  • Online service providers
  • Data brokers
  • Organised civil society
  • Libraries and cultural heritage institutions
  • Academia and researchers
  • Consumers, end-users
  • Citizens

Objective of the consultation

The main objectives of the consultation are to collect up-to-date information on:

  • The evolution of the market related to databases
  • The use and the impact of the copyright and the sui generis protection regimes on the database makers and users.
  • The application of the Database Directive and possible needs of adjustment.


The Commission is launching a public consultation on the application and impact of the Database Directive 96/9/EU on legal protection of databases. The Directive offers two-tier protection to databases:

  1. Copyright protection to the databases which are considered 'original'
  2. Sui generis protection to databases on which major investments have been made.

In the ongoing ex-post evaluation the Commission is assessing whether the Directive still fulfils its policy goals and is fit-for-purpose in a digital, data-driven economy. The results of the consultation will feed into a Staff Working Document describing the Commission's findings.

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How to submit your response

You can reply in any EU language even though the online questionnaire is only in English, French and German.

It is strongly encouraged to respond through the online questionnaire. Responses received after the closing date will not be considered.

You can pause any time and continue later. Your contribution is downloadable once you have submitted your answers.  

Questionnaires sent by e-mail or on paper will not be analysed except those due to accessibility needs of persons with disabilities.

Accessibility for persons with disabilities

The online questionnaire meets the standards set out in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).

You can Send us an email with your reply attached as Word, PDF or ODF.

Protection of personal data & privacy statement

Privacy statement for database directive public consultation

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View the questionnaire

Reference documents

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