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Triple damages for flagrant infringement: Original Beauty v G4K Fashion

In a recent decision the High Court awarded £450,000 including a 200% uplift for additional damages to a claimant whose unregistered design rights in “bodycon” and “bandage” dress designs had been infringed in a flagrant manner. In Original Beauty & others v G4K Fashion & others, the High Court found that the defendant, trading as Oh Polly, had …   Read more

Capitol Records and others v BT and others: High Court victory sees cyberlocker website blocked by internet service providers

The UK recorded music industry recently prevailed in a piracy case against a number of internet service providers regarding the operators and users of a cyberlocker website. The legal action was brought by a number of record companies, both majors and independents, suing for themselves and in a representative capacity on behalf of members of …   Read more

How much is enough for copyright joint authorship: Martin v Kogan: The Re-Trial

This long-running dispute concerned the authorship of the screenplay for the 2016 operatic bio-pic “Florence Foster Jenkins”, starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant, which generated over £33 million at the box office and earned Streep an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. A recent High Court re-trial in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) has determined …   Read more

Anne Mannion Appointed AOP Chair

Swan Turton are pleased to announce that Anne Mannion, after having served as a board member since 2016, has been appointed to be Chair of the Board of the Association of Photographers (AOP) with effect from 3 June 2019. As the leading UK firm for the photographic industry, Swan Turton has a longstanding relationship with …   Read more

How much is enough for joint authorship? Martin v Kogan

An IPEC judgment in November rejected a claim to joint authorship of a screenplay. The film Florence Foster Jenkins starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant and directed by Stephen Frears was released in 2016. Nick Martin was credited as the sole author of the screenplay but Julia Kogan claimed to be a joint author of the …   Read more

IPEC small claims costs warning: Pablo Star Media Ltd v Richard Bowen

A recent judgment in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC), in an infringement case concerning a photograph of Dylan Thomas used without permission for 17 days on a holiday cottages website, underlines the need for caution when it comes to costs in small claims. Normally the winning party’s costs are not ordered to be paid …   Read more

Robin Blay joins Swan Turton LLP as a Senior Litigator

Swan Turton LLP is delighted to announce that Robin Blay has joined the firm as a Senior Litigator. Commercial and media law firm Swan Turton is delighted to welcome senior litigator Robin Blay.  With heavyweight commercial litigation expertise, Robin’s practice including property disputes, professional negligence, contentious probate and civil fraud happily complements our existing team. Catherine …   Read more