Attheraces Ltd and Another v British Horse Racing Board and Another: ChD 21 Dec 2005

The claimants relayed horse racing events to bookmakers. The respondents collected data about the races and horses. The claimants sought the freedom to use that data, and the defendants asserted a database right to control such use.
Held: BHB controlled the market, and by threatening to terminate the licence of the claimant had abused that dominant position. The prices demanded by the defendant were excessive and unfair, being greater than to broadcasters. Plans to use money from the commercial exploitation of the data to improve British Racing could not justify such abuse.
Etherton J
[2005] EWHC 3015 (Ch)
Competition Act 1998 18
England and Wales
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Updated: 18 March 2021; Ref: scu.236616