Getting copyright protection and licensing right is critical for the creative industries and digital services sector, but every business, charity and public body creates and uses copyright content. This automatic and unregistered right and its related rights can cover everything from advertising copy and images to logos, product packing designs, databases, sound recordings and software.
The digital revolution, new channels for instantly sharing materials, the growth of user-generated content and the ever-increasing importance of social media, means that understanding the opportunities and risks these rights present has never mattered more.
Our experienced, tech-savvy and award-winning team across the UK and Ireland assist some of the world’s leading brands and challengers to thrive in the digital landscape. We help you navigate around the rights of others and assist you to maximise the value of your own by ensuring they are adequately protected and by getting you the best deal in IP transactions and licensing arrangements.
Should anyone infringe your copyright, design right or database right, our experts in enforcement strategies will work with you to deal quickly and efficiently with the infringers, ensuring minimum disruption to your operations.
Copyright content, particularly in the digital space, isn’t easily confined to geographical borders. We’re well equipped to handle the international aspects of these rights. We can quickly and cost effectively instruct and co-ordinate foreign lawyers and IP attorneys through Pangea Net, a non-exclusive, international network of independent law firms of which we are a founding member, and via our long established relationships with other specialist international lawyers and attorneys.
Nicola has previously worked in intellectual property in-house at British Airways and global gaming organisation Aristocrat Technologies, gaining invaluable corporate experience.
Providing copyright clearance advise to a game design team in Sydney, Australia, ensuring their international casino products did not infringe third party rights.
Acting as lead fee earner on a copyright infringement case which went to Court of Appeal. Nicola was responsible for the day-to-day running of the case, preparing statements of case, instructing counsel, disclosure, obtaining witness and expert evidence and preparing for and attending trial.
Advising rights-holders with regard to the extent of their rights in copyright, address issues of ownership, consider exploitation through licensing and recommendations for enforcement.
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A deepfake of Bruce Willis is advertising Russian mobile phones. Many great artistic and metaphysical questions are raised by this performance. However, this article is going to look at the intellectual property law implications, from a UK perspective.
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