Copyright: Twentieth Century Fox v Newzbin

One of the problems of appearing in a case as counsel is that there is a limit to what one can publish about one’s own case. I took over the defence of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation and others v Newzbin Ltd [2010] EWHC 608 (Ch) (29 March 2010) after evidence was taken and I made the closing oral and written submissions.

The case has now been reported and a lot of articles and case notes about it have appeared in the blogs and law journals. Newzbin raised some interesting questions on authorization following close on the heels of the decision of the Federal Court of Australia in Roadshow Films Pty Ltd v iiNet Ltd (No3) [2010] FCA 24 which I cite and upon which I relied.  It is also the first decision in England on the making available right (communicating to the public) in s.20 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.

As I say, I cannot do a case note but I can certainly refer to the decision in a discussion on authorization and communicating to the public which I shall do as soon as time permits.

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About Jane Lambert

I am a barrister specializing in intellectual property, technology, media and entertainment and competition law. I specialize in helping SME (small and medium enterprises) protect and exploit their investment in brands, design, technology and the arts. SME require intellectual property (legal protection for their intellectual assets) at least as much as big business but their limited means restrict the way they can use it. Looking after such clients wisely requires skills and knowledge which have taken me years to learn.
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