Copyright Conviction Leads to Licence Suspension

Posted: 11th July 2011

The licensee of a pub who took a chance by showing football on television without the appropriate licence faces an uncertain future following his conviction for two offences under the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988, which makes unauthorised public performance of copyright material an offence.

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His personal licence was suspended for six months and he was also fined more than £700.
What was a bad result could have been far worse – the court has the right to order forfeiture of licences in such circumstances.
Breaches of copyright are treated seriously by the authorities. If you think your copyright has been breached, contact us for advice.