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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

Sentencing guidelines for copyright infringers: R v Evans

Wayne Evans, a DJ and website operator from Liverpool, has lost an appeal against a 12 month jail sentence for facilitating the illegal distribution of copyright protected musical works. Evans operated several websites which provided links to torrent sites and directed users to make unauthorised downloads. One website in particular gave users access to the …   Read more

Twitter libel update: Jack Monroe v Katie Hopkins

In a judgment handed down on 10 March 2017, Jack Monroe was awarded £24,000 in damages (plus costs) in respect of two tweets published by Katie Hopkins. This is the second high profile Twitter libel case but the first in which tweets have been considered in light of the “serious harm” threshold under the Defamation …   Read more

Pete Bott promoted to Associate Solicitor

We are delighted to announce the promotion of Pete Bott to Associate Solicitor in our Music group. This promotion is in recognition of Pete’s continued hard work, including for his clients Bring Me The Horizon, Let’s Eat Grandma and Skinny Living, as well as his non-fee earning activities such as appearances on panels for PRS and …   Read more