Ownership of Copyright and Software

Sometimes you do have to pinch yourself when you look at a reported case and the costs of the legal representatives involved. The costs must have been enormous yet it begs the question how on earth did a case like this reach the court in the first place? In the absence of a crucial piece of evidence, ie indicating something to the contrary, Mr Coward’s claim that the software ought to remain in his ownership/possesssion looked extremely hopeful. Â

The High Court applied the classic principle of Robin Ray v Classic FM [1998] EWHC Patents 333) and found that the claimant was liable for copyright infringement and breach of confidence.

Michael can be contacted via his email address michael.coyle@Lawdit.co.uk

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