BREACH OF COPYRIGHT IS A PROBLEM

Nicola Webster Furley Page Solicitors

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A lawyer specialising in dispute resolution is urging businesses facing copyright infringements to take legal action to protect their intellectual property.  

Nicola Webster, a solicitor at leading Kent law firm Furley Page, said: “The publication of private or copyrighted material online and in the press is not just a problem for celebrities and members of the Royal Family to contend with. Whilst not all stories make the headlines of the national press, copyright infringement can pose a serious problem for businesses and organisations in most sectors. 

“Students will be familiar with rules around plagiarism, but there are also laws prohibiting individuals from copying material generated by others without their permission to do so. Such actions may be an infringement of copyright, under the ‘Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988’ which protects all manner of original content such as letters, sound recordings, artistic and literary works. 

“Furthermore, many people may be unaware that, when it comes to malicious comments on social media or comparison websites, under English law companies can bring legal action for defamation which causes serious financial loss. In fact, there are a range of laws in place to protect businesses and organisations from malicious, untrue or libellous communications. 

“Any business facing issues around copyright infringement or that has received malicious or untrue comments online should seek professional advice to determine whether legal proceedings can be launched to protect their public profile and reputation.” 

The Furley Page Dispute Resolution Team offers practical advice to businesses and organisations including advice in relation to breach of copyright or other intellectual property rights and defamation.  

If you would like more information or, you would like to discuss a specific dispute, please contact Nicola Webster on 01227 763939 or email nsw@furleypage.co.uk  

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