Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2002] All ER (D) 24 (Jul)
Court: Chancery Division

Christopher Floyd QC sitting as a deputy judge of the High Court

Representation Ian Peacock (instructed by Davenport Lyons) for the claimant.
  Philip Engelman (instructed by Payne Hicks Beach) for the first defendant.
Judgment Dates: 2 July 2002


Copyright - Musical work - Joint authorship - Whether claimant joint author of copyright musical work - Copyright Act 1956, s 11(3).

The Case

In proceeding concerning the copyright in a musical work entitled 'Young at Heart' which was recorded in 1984 and became a number one hit for a group called The Bluebells in 1993, the court ruled that, on the evidence, the claimant had composed the violin part of the song and was not estopped from claiming a share in royalties deriving from the 1993 success of the song.

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