Shared rights in film

A film director and a producer have been given joint rights in a film of a skydive over Everest. The Patents County Court learned that both of them had reproduced the film without the other’s consent. There was no written agreement in place and the judge held that it was not necessary to imply any terms into the agreement between the parties. Parliament had dealt with this circumstance by making each party a joint author. This decision is a reminder of the importance of setting out the terms clearly at the outset of a project.

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