In a preliminary ruling delivered on 12 July 2012, the Court of Justice of the EU ("ECJ") provided important guidance on the status, under EU competition law, of public authorities that maintain a commercial registry database of companies and that make data contained therein publicly available in return for remuneration. In this case, Compass Datenbank (“Compass"), an Austrian company which provides information services through a database of economic data, initiated legal proceedings against the Austrian state seeking an
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