Russell-Cooke secures an injunction for Sky in copyright dispute

Matt Bosworth, Partner in the Russell-Cooke Solicitors, regulation and compliance team.
Matt Bosworth
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A  team from Russell-Cooke has successfully applied to the Intellectual Property and Enterprise Court (IPEC) to grant an injunction prohibiting Nancy Maxwell, the licensee of the Railway Tavern in North London, from showing Sky broadcasts to the public.

The order contains a penal notice that confirms that should Nancy Maxwell breach the terms of the order, or any other person who knows of the order and does anything which helps or permits Ms Maxwell to breach the terms of the order, it may result in contempt of court proceedings with sanctions that include imprisonment and/or fines and/or having their assets seized.

The order prohibits her from 'showing, permitting or causing to be shown, whether by herself or by any other business partner from showing whether at the premises or any other premises she is connected to' unless the correct Sky contract is in place.

The injunction remains in place until a full hearing of the matter later in the year.

The team was led by partner Matt Bosworth with associate Jack Rogers and trainee Lucy Hunter-Jones. They instructed Andrew Johnson of 5 Paper Buildings

Sky is a long-term client of Russell-Cooke and this is another in a long line of successful cases illustrating Sky's commitment to protecting pubs who invest in legitimate Sky Sports subscriptions.

Matt Bosworth said: “This is the latest instruction that shows Russell-Cooke position as being leaders in the field in relation to those seeking to protect intellectual property rights and copyright for broadcasters and businesses throughout the UK.”

The injunction has been the subject of media coverage by industry-specific outlets, including Advanced Television, RXTV, and Morning Advertiser.

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