ObidiahSlope: Here is a newspaper item regarding pending court action.
The outcome of this case is likely to have a great deal of influence as to whether Sky TV is correct in its assertion that third parties providing programming information without its permission are breaking copyright.
Item about court action on www.stuff.co.nz
Cool. I hope the case is handled sensibly. I recently read James Boyle's book on copyright, The Public Domain, which includes a very interesting discussion of ownership of facts and databases, and the differences between US and European handling of the issue. The US does not protect databases, while the EU does, but strangely enough it seems that more new databases are created in the US than in Europe, despite the apparent lack of "incentive".
It's a very good book, and it's free to download: