Month: November 2005

House of Lords rejects Mirror’s Campbell appeal: Campbell v MGN Ltd

The House of Lords has ruled that success fees payable by the losing party where the claimant is funded under a conditional fee arrangement (CFA) are compatible with the defendant’s rights to freedom of expression under Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Naomi Campbell successfully sued MGN for breach of confidence in …   Read more

French Court gives protection to TV format: Saranga Production v Canal Plus

The Paris High Court has given protection for a television programme format under the law of passing off. The claimants, Saranga Production, produced a format for a political docu-drama show entitled Crise en direct. The broadcaster, Canal Plus, one of the defendants, sought proposals from production companies for a new politically themed programme. The claimants …   Read more

Unsuccessful copyright claim against Madonna: Coffey v Warner Chappell Music & Others

A songwriter’s claim for infringement of copyright in respect of an allegedly infringing song co-written by Madonna and Patrick Leonard has been struck out. The claimant, Elizabeth Janie Coffey, brought the action against Warner Chappell Music, the publishers of Madonna’s songs, Warner Music UK, her record company  and EMI Music, Patrick Leonard’s publisher. Coffey claimed …   Read more