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Bruce Springsteen v Flute International and Others, Court of Appeal

25 April 2001
The issues

Evidence – Best Evidence Rule

The facts

The Claimant, Springsteen, alleged title to music and literary copyrights in songs. The copyright of which he further alleged had been infringed by the Defendants. The Defendants put Springsteen to proof. A link in the proof was not made by the required documentary evidence but by secondary evidence the existence of documents of signing the copyright.

The Appellants on appeal challenged the admissibility of the secondary evidence.

The decision

The best evidence rule “long on its death bed had finally expired”. In every case where a party sought to adduce secondary evidence of the contents of a document it was a matter for the Court to decide in the light of all of the circumstances of the case what if any weight was to attach to that evidence.

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