A number of recent cases demonstrate the high level of protection that the Courts are willing to offer to the owners of intellectual property rights and the robust sanctions for those who breach them.
Intellectual property is a term commonly used to describe a range of legal rights that attach to certain types of information, ideas and creations and can be categorised into two categories:
In Phonographic Performance Ltd v Fletcher, the High Court passed a suspended 28 day custodial sentence for a nightclub owner who consistently played copyright material without permission and, in doing so, showed disregard for copyright of that material. Additionally, the nightclub owner failed to keep his promise to pay a schedule of license fees and was ordered to pay substantial costs as well as damages relating to the unpaid licence fees.
In another recent case the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court ruled on a website displaying 21 photographs without the consent of the photographer. Due to the flagrancy of the breach, the photographer was awarded a substantial amount of compensation for the website making unfair profits - £6,000 plus damages.
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