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Murphy v Media Protection Services: not a clearcut victory

In City University London, Events, Law on October 12, 2011 at 5:16 pm

One view seemed to dominate last night’s  City Law School event: the implications of the ECJ judgment in combined cases FA Premier League & Ors v QC Leisure and Murphy v Media Protection Services were unclear.

As Professor Lorna Woods, City Law School, wrote ahead of the event,

“The long-awaited Murphy judgment … has been heralded in the press as a triumph for David (in the form of pub landlady Karen Murphy) over Goliath (in the form of FAPL and Sky).  But is this really such a stunning victory, or is it a bit more complicated?”

Woods was joined by Jeremy Phillips, Intellectual Property Consultant, Olswang LLP, and blogger at IPKat; Dan Wilsher, Senior Lecturer, The City Law School; and Jonathan Griffiths, Senior Lecturer, QMUL School of Law, to discuss the case further, in a panel chaired by Professor Sir Robin Jacob, a specialist in intellectual property law.

Each took a different focus:  Phillips looked at licensing issues; Woods raised the issue of the overlapping Directives; Wilsher concentrated on the free movement of goods and services; and finally Griffiths took on copyright and reproduction.

A few of us were tweeting from the event: you can catch up with the liveblog here.

City Law School’s re-launched research blog can be found here: http://citylegalresearch.wordpress.com/

#ECJMurphy: Football in the Pub: blogging from City Law School event

In City University London, Events, Law on October 11, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Wifi permitting, we’ll be live blogging from tonight’s event at City Law School: ‘Football, Broadcasting and the Internal Market: Is a common audio-visual space in sight?’  which follows the recent ECJ decision in the Murphy case.

Follow the live blog here.

On 4 October 2011 the Court of Justice of the European Union handed down its highly anticipated judgment in joined cases FA Premier League and Ors v QC Leisure and Murphy v Media Protection Services.

Professor Lorna Woods explains that the judgment “has been heralded in the press as a triumph for David (in the form of pub landlady Karen Murphy) over Goliath (in the form of FAPL and Sky). ”

But, she asks, ” is this really such a stunning victory, or is it a bit more complicated?”

Background
The cases concern pub landlords, including Karen Murphy, who contracted with satellite service providers based outside the UK whose (cheaper) broadcasts included Premier league football. The football associations argued that this was a breach of UK copyright law and the matter was referred to the ECJ.

In reconciling intellectual property rights with the free movement of services, the judgment has the potential to transform broadcasting in the EU.

Our expert panel will discuss different aspects of the judgment including reconciling intellectual property with the free movement of services as well as exploring the commercial implications of the decision. The panel includes:

Jeremy Phillips
Intellectual Property Consultant, Olswang LLP, and Blogmeister, IPKat

Lorna Woods
Professor, The City Law School

Dan Wilsher
Senior Lecturer, The City Law School

Jonathan Griffiths
Senior Lecturer, QMUL School of Law

Blog carnival: Murphy v Media Protection Services / FA Premier League v QC Leisure

In City University London, Law on February 4, 2011 at 1:05 pm

The Court of Justice of the European Union has released Advocate General Kokott’s opinion on Murphy v Media Protection Services and FA Premier League v QC Leisure [PDF].

To mark it, the City University London Legal Research blog has published a series of posts discussing the implications of the case (more commonly known in media reports as the pub landlady’s fight against Sky). The European Court of Justice’s judgment is expected later this year.