| Commentary

12 Originality

| Commentary

12 Originality

The requirement of originality applies only to literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works. Save in relation to databases1, which will be original only where the database constitutes the author’s own intellectual creation by reason of the selection or arrangement of the material contained in the database2, there is no statutory definition of the word ‘original’ in this context, but it seems reasonably clear that what is required for copyright protection is original skill and labour on the part of the author in creating the work in question, rather than that the ideas expressed in the work should be novel. In support of this, it has been held that the requirement of originality does not mean that the work

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