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Premier League Wins Novel Court Order to Block Illicit Internet Streaming

The technological race is on between illicit Internet streaming services and rights holders in sporting events that can only be viewed lawfully by subscription. In one case, the High Court made a novel order to protect the Football Association Premier League Limited (FAPL) against the impact of online piracy. FAPL was concerned by the increasing use of set top...

Royal Mint Tastes Defeat in ‘Sovereign’ Trade Mark Dispute

In a case of interest to brand managers and intellectual property specialists – and coin collectors – the Royal Mint has failed to convince the High Court that it should be granted a UK monopoly on the use of the word ‘sovereign’. Sovereigns, which have a face value of £1 but sell for a great deal more than that, were first struck in 1489, during the...

High Court Keeps Commercially Sensitive Product Information Secret

Litigation often requires disclosure of highly sensitive commercial details. However, as one intellectual property case concerning a mapping database showed, the courts do have sophisticated means of keeping such information under wraps. A company had spent over £500,000 developing what it described as a unique and ground-breaking database of geospatial and...

Cava Maker Must Pay Euros 1.3 Million for Champagne Copyright Infringement

Penalties for infringement of trade marks and other intellectual property rights can be severe. In one case, a Spanish company that sold millions of bottles of cava into the UK market in breach of a champagne producer’s rights was stripped of the entire Euros 1.3 million profit it made from its wrongdoing. The cava bore a name, label and general get up that...

High Court Lifts Lid on Tense ITV Music Licensing Negotiations

Popular jingles and melodies are often played on television and few will be surprised to hear that their use is not free. However, one revealing High Court case lifted the lid on negotiations between ITV and collection societies charged with gathering in licence fees on behalf of musical artists. Following a reference, the Copyright Tribunal had fixed certain...

Using the Internet to Infringe Copyright? You Could Be Jailed!

The Internet is unfortunately fertile ground for those intent on wholesale infringement of copyright. However, as one case involving a music lover who made more than 600,000 pirated tracks available online showed, such behaviour does not go unpunished. The man operated three websites that were used as conduits for pirated music. His activities were sustained and...