Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2002] All ER (D) 170 (Jan)
Court: Chancery Division

Jacob J

Representation Adrian Speck (instructed by Bristows) for the claimants.
  Jacob Dean (instructed by Harding Evans, Newport) for the defendant.
Judgment Dates: 23 January 2002


Copyright - Infringement - Devices designed to circumvent copy-protection - Claimants manufacturing devices for playing computer games embedded with special codes for copy-protection - Third defendant importing computer chip into UK which bypassed claimants' special codes - Claimants applying for summary judgment on grounds that third defendant dealing in devices designed to circumvent copy-protection - .

The Case

Where an application was made for summary judgment under CPR Pt 24, in a case involving infringement of copyright under s296 of the the application would be granted if the device complained of fell within the ambit of the section, and could be used for any of the infringing acts referred to in the section. In the instant case, 'the messiah' fulfilled those criteria, and accordingly the application would be granted.

Practice Areas

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