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Joint Ownership of Films in the Absence of Express Terms (Slater v Wimmer)

Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice (2012)

2 Pages Posted: 17 May 2012 Last revised: 22 May 2012

Enrico Bonadio

City University London - The City Law School

Lorraine Neale

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: May 14, 2012

Abstract

The Patents County Court in Slater v. Wimmer decided a case regarding a dispute as to ownership of copyright in a film. The Court reaffirmed that under Section 10(1A) of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 the producer and principal director are considered joint authors of the copyright in a film if they are different persons, and that consequently under Section 11(1) they are first joint owners of the copyright therein. It then held that in the absence of express contractual terms it is unnecessary to imply terms to the contrary. It followed that they require permission from the co-owner to exploit the work.

Keywords: Copyright, Joint Authorship, Films

Suggested Citation

Bonadio, Enrico and Neale, Lorraine, Joint Ownership of Films in the Absence of Express Terms (Slater v Wimmer) (May 14, 2012). Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice (2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2061078

Enrico Bonadio (Contact Author)

City University London - The City Law School ( email )

London, EC1V OHB
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.city.ac.uk/law/

Lorraine Neale

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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