Since the official date of implementation of the Database Directive , namely the 1 January 1998, 14 years have now already passed. During this decade and a half, French courts have handed down around 30 decisions on database protection. Between 1998 and 2004, the year when the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) handed down its first four parallel rulings on the sui generis right , the French case law on the sui generis right was quite erratic. Admittedly, such state of affairs was not dissimilar in other Member States owing to the sheer novelty of the sui generis right and the vagueness of many of the Database Directive’s provisions.
Derclaye, E. (2012). Recent French decisions on database protection: Towards a more consistent and compliant approach with the Court of Justice's case law?. 00 Journal not listed, 3(2), 1-13