Official Journal of the European Union

C 34/6

Request for a preliminary ruling from the Bundesgerichtshof (Germany) lodged on 6 November 2014 — Freistaat Bayern v Verlag Esterbauer GmbH

(Case C-490/14)

(2015/C 034/05)

Language of the case: German

Referring court


Parties to the main proceedings

Applicant: Freistaat Bayern

Defendant: Verlag Esterbauer GmbH

Question referred

In relation to the question whether a collection of independent materials exists within the meaning of Article 1(2) of Directive 96/9/EC (1) because the materials can be separated from one another without the value of their informative content being affected, is every conceivable informative value decisive or only the value which is to be determined on the basis of the purpose of the collection and having regard to the resulting typical conduct of users?

(1)  Directive 96/9/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 March 1996 on the legal protection of databases, OJ 1996 L 77, p. 20.