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Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Joint Copyright Owners of Film In the UK Legal Regime

Enrico Bonadio, City University London, the City Law School, and Lorraine Neale have published Joint Ownership of Films in the Absence of Express Terms (Slater v Wimmer) in the Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice (2012). Here is the abstract.

The Patents County Court in Slater v. Wimmer decided a case regarding a dispute as to ownership of copyright in a film. The Court reaffirmed that under Section 10(1A) of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 the producer and principal director are considered joint authors of the copyright in a film if they are different persons, and that consequently under Section 11(1) they are first joint owners of the copyright therein. It then held that in the absence of express contractual terms it is unnecessary to imply terms to the contrary. It followed that they require permission from the co-owner to exploit the work.

Download the article from SSRN at the link.

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