Copyright

Our team of intellectual property lawyers has represented copyright owners in many of the most significant and precedent setting litigation actions. In doing so, we have consistently challenged established thinking and have secured settlements or decisions that have helped copyright owners to secure fundamental legal protections. Our clients operate in many different creative industries and include film studios, publishers, galleries and software developers. We have particular experience in development and distribution of interactive games, apps and computer programmes.

Many IP lawyers questioned whether the law relating to authorisation of infringement of copyright could recover from the CBS-v-Amstrad decision. Our team guided the US film studios in their litigation against the Newzbin website and secured a vital judgment clarifying when website operators will be liable for authorising infringement of copyright online. The same case also clarified the scope of the communication to the public right – an area that has gone on to see considerable development in recent years.

Many in society also claimed that the Internet was so sacrosanct that the underlying technology could not be used to help copyright owners. Again, Wiggin challenged this assumption and won the first ever case requiring Internet Service Providers to block subscriber access to an infringing website.

We have also secured valuable precedents on parallel importing, damages calculation and recovery.

Our breadth of experience in protecting copyright extends beyond our work on leading cases. Our extensive experience advising clients on commercial copyright issues includes matters relating to title, subsistence, infringement and licensing.

Our team in Brussels provides guidance on the EU’s legal framework for copyright and beyond. We work with key IP owners to ensure that important rights are not undermined.

The firm has recognised the importance of technology in helping to protect copyright. In 2012, the firm invested in INCOPRO – a copyright and brand protection business. Our work with INCOPRO provides invaluable intelligence and evidence for our clients. Our membership of the associated legal network ensures that we can help clients in multiple jurisdictions.

In 2015, Wiggin was named “Copyright Firm of the Year” by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine.