Taylors are back in
the news as the high court battle between two authors and the
publishers of The Da Vinci Code has gripped book lovers and the
business world alike.
Author Dan Brown and his publishers are facing allegations that
his £40m book the Da Vinci Code has breached copyright by stealing
ideas from a book published in 1982.
The case itself is supported by a House of Lords decision won by
nationally acclaimed Intellectual Property lawyer Tony Catterall of
law firm Taylors. Tony’s case concerned the copying of a fabric
design originated by his client the international furnishings
company Designers Guild but Tony’s case sent plagiarists running for
cover and has a wide ranging application to all creative things not
limited to designs or books but also for example to computer
The case recently assisted Lancashire based BusinesssLinx win in
its action (also handled by Tony) over the ownership of their
bespoke computer programme which co-ordinated the movement of
immigrant workers for the Home Office.
Catterall says “In a commercial context those copying wait until
they see a guaranteed best-selling product before they make their
copy thereby saving cost and risk”.
So if you believe that you have been copied – you should call in
the experts. If you thought that you could get away with ripping off
a competitor you had better watch out for a letter from Tony
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