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What is Copyright?

Copyright protects original literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works, including films, music and computer programs. It protects against the copying of another’s work and the physical expression or representation of an idea but it does not protect against independent development of the same idea.

Copyright ownership allows the owner to prevent the unauthorised use of the work, such as making copies or uploading the work to the internet.

Copyright automatically arises on the creation of the work and lasts for 70 years after the death of the author in relation to dramatic, artistic, literary and musical works. The creator of the work is usually the first owner of the copyright in it.

What is Copyright Infringement?

Copyright infringement occurs when someone carries out certain acts regarding the work without the permission of the author. These acts include:

  • Copying the work;
  • Issuing copies to the public;
  • Renting or lending the work to the public;
  • Performing, showing or playing the work in public;
  • Communicating the work to the public;
  • Making an adaptation of the work; and
  • Importing infringing copies.

What Remedies are Available for Copyright Infringement?

There are various remedies available to copyright holder where copyright infringement is proven, including:

  • Damages for any loss they have suffered;
  • An injunction to prevent further infringements;
  • Delivery up, destruction and/or seizing of the infringing articles; and
  • Costs

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Our Approach

Intellectual property proceedings such as breach of copyright claims can be technical and complicated and are dealt with by specialist Courts in England and Wales.  At Myerson, we can provide you with swift advice whether you are bringing or defending a claim. 

Myerson are members of the Intellectual Property Lawyers Association (IPLA).  The IPLA is an association of approximately 66 law firms who have an established intellectual property department.  The fact we are a member of the IPLA demonstrates that we have extensive and detailed experience in the conduct of IP disputes in the UK.  One of the main objectives of the IPLA is to lobby for improvements to IP law and practice for the benefit of those who hold IP rights.

Myerson are a nationally recognised law firm with a large team of intellectual property solicitors.  Our intellectual property team is ranked by the prestigious Legal 500 law firm directory.  Therefore, you can be assured that you will receive the best quality advice and service offering.

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Our Promise & Core Values

Our Promise

The Myerson Promise - Our Partners, team of lawyers and support staff commit to giving our clients more.

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To always give you clear, jargon-free advice.
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To be completely transparent about our fees from the outset.
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Progress every matter in an efficient and timely matter.

Our Core Values

Our core values are at the centre of everything we do.

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We are always professional but ensure that we are friendly and approachable.
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We are determined and enthusiastic about supporting our clients and our people.
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We willingly take responsibility and can be relied on to be commercial, effective and efficient.

Our Experience

Breach of Copyright Claim

We act for a property developer who specialises in converting office blocks into luxury student accommodation.  Prior to our client purchasing a property in the North of England, a third party also had aspirations to purchase the site and convert it into student accommodation.  The third party had applied for planning permission and obtained architect’s plans. The third party was unable to complete on the purchase of the property which was subsequently bought by our client.  The third party alleged that our client had breached copyright by using its architect’s plans and pursued an injunction as well as damages.  Following the third party being disappointed with the result of a High Court trial, the third party appealed unsuccessfully to the Court of Appeal. 

Advising on Intellectual Property Rights relating to Computer Software

We advised a client on his exit from the in-house software development division of Balfour Beatty.  Our client had, as part of his employment, worked on a software mapping tool which was used by Balfour Beatty internally for projects but which was not marketed externally to third parties.  Our client wanted to try and agree terms with Balfour Beatty to take a licence or enter into a joint venture in order to market the software externally. 

We helped negotiate the client’s termination of employment, advised our client on his rights in relation to the intellectual property, identified the nature of his intellectual property and proposed potential structures for our client to have an ongoing relationship with Balfour Beatty. 

Later, we advised our client in relation to court proceedings brought by Balfour Beatty for an injunction, damages and the destruction of the software.  Balfour Beatty alleged that our client was in breach of contract, in breach of confidence and had infringed copyright.  Balfour Beatty withdrew its claim against our client at an early stage and we recovered our client’s costs. 

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Our Promise & Core Values

Our Promise

The Myerson Promise - Our Partners, team of lawyers and support staff commit to giving our clients more.

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To always give you clear, jargon-free advice.
.
To be completely transparent about our fees from the outset.
.
Progress every matter in an efficient and timely matter.

Our Core Values

Our core values are at the centre of everything we do.

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We are always professional but ensure that we are friendly and approachable.
.
We are determined and enthusiastic about supporting our clients and our people.
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We willingly take responsibility and can be relied on to be commercial, effective and efficient.

Meet Our Specialists

Home-grown or recruited from national, regional or City firms. Our specialists are experts in their fields and respected by their peers.

Jonathan Hassall

Jonathan Hassall

Jonathan is a Partner in the busy commercial litigation department which is rated “Top Tier” by the Legal 500.

Carla Murray

Carla Murray

Carla is a Partner in our Corporate Commercial department

Vicky Biggs

Vicky Biggs

Vicky is a Senior Solicitor in the busy commercial litigation department, which is rated “top tier” by the Legal 500

Philip Ball

Philip Ball

Philip is a Senior Solicitor in our Corporate Commercial department

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