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Bar Owner Pays Price for Failing to Pay Music Copyright Licence Fees

Everyone in the hospitality industry should know that playing copyright musical works in public requires payment of licence fees, but few may be aware of the potentially dire consequences of failing to do so. In one case, a defiant bar owner was ordered to pay more than £60,000 in compensation and legal costs. The man was the licensee of two venues where music...

Commercial Litigation Funding Is Not for the Faint-Hearted!

Third party commercial funding is a feature of modern litigation and, if it did not exist, many would be unable to afford access to justice. However, the risks involved are not for the faint-hearted, as a Court of Appeal decision has strikingly underlined. A number of individuals and corporations had provided £31.75 million in funding to support a company’s...

Audio Equipment Manufacturer in Cross-Border Trade Marks Tussle

Cross-border intellectual property disputes can raise tricky jurisdictional issues and such difficulties were put into high relief by the case of a British audio equipment manufacturer that accused a Spanish company of violating its UK trade marks. The manufacturer launched proceedings in England, alleging that its Spanish rival had infringed its UK trade marks...

High Court Enforces £150 Million Russian Bank Judgments

Diplomatic relations between nation states ebb and flow but political differences are not a bar to cross-border cooperation between legal systems. In one case, the High Court directed enforcement of Russian judgments worth £150 million against a Russian businessman resident in London. The businessman had been the president of a large Russian construction group...

Wife ‘Got There First’ in Big Money Divorce Jurisdiction Skirmish

European law operates on a ‘first past the post’ system when it comes to jurisdiction issues and this has in some instances given rise to a race to launch proceedings. In one case that illustrated the point, the High Court ruled in a big money divorce case that the wife had got there first. The wife had issued a divorce petition in London but took no steps...

Hyperlinking Can Breach Copyright

Hyperlinking Can Breach Copyright In the UK the right of copyright is automatic: it belongs to the creator of an original work and there is no need to apply for it or register it. There is also a widespread, but entirely incorrect, assumption that because something is on the Internet it is free to use and redistribute. Those who redistribute or reproduce the...