10 Nov 2004 Pre-2014 Releases

BHB Chief Executive Greg Nichols said today:

“The initial response of many commentators to yesterday’s ECJ Judgement was that it spelt the end of British Racing’s commercial ambitions and the demise of the Modernisation of British Racing.

“We have now had an opportunity to review the Judgement at length with Counsel and our legal advisers. Having done so, we believe that our objectives remain achievable.

“The Judgement provides protection for the investment made in the obtaining and verifying of data. That is what we do. We do not create lists of runners and riders, as the Judgement appears to state – we obtain and verify them.

“We are confident that, when the Court of Appeal assesses the Judgement, it will find in favour of BHB.

“In addition, the existing contracts between BHB and betting organisations and others, which provide access to British Racing’s database, remain valid. We will continue to pursue vigorously any unauthorised use of our data. It should be remembered that BHB’s rights are protected by copyright as well as a database right.”