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The protection of football fixture lists under the EU Database Directive
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • European Union
  • March 30 2012

On 1 March 2012, the Court of Justice of the European Union passed judgement on Football Dataco Ltd v Yahoo! UK Ltd 2012 CJEU C-60410, concluding that the football fixture lists in question are not protected by copyright as there is insufficient intellectual creation on the part of the author

The “innocent” copying defence: only applicable to works out of copyright
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • United Kingdom
  • March 30 2012

In David Hoffman v Drug Abuse Resistance Education (UK) Ltd 2012 EWPCC 2, the Patents County Court of England and Wales assessed the use of the “innocent copying” defence under Section 97 of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988

Pub landlords found to infringe the Premier League’s copyright: pyrrhic victory after all?
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • European Union, United Kingdom
  • March 30 2012

In Football Association Premier League Ltd v QC Leisure 2012 EWHC 108 (Ch) Lord Justice Kitchin has now accepted that the Defendant publicans communicated copyright works contained in foreign broadcasts of Premier League matches to the public, following the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruling to that effect in October 2011