12/14/2010

Developments in the UK: Harry Potter case; Force India Formula One case; London Olympics regulations

The November 2010 issue of McDermott Will & Emery's European IP Bulletin features reports on three developments in the UK, of interest to entertainment and sports lawyers everywhere.
  • "Harry Potter v Willy the Wizard" reports on Allen v. Bloomsbury Publishing in which a UK court denied the defendants' motion to dismiss claims that Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire infringes the copyright to Willy the Wizard.
  • "Giedo Van der Garde BV v Force India Formula One Team Ltd: Breach of Service Agreement, Restitution and 'Wrotham Park' Damages" reports on Giedo Van der Garde BV v Force India Formula One Team, in which a UK court found that Force India Formula One Team Ltd breached its contract with Giedo Van der Garde by not providing him with the minimum number of driving kilometres for which he had paid $3 million in order to get experience to win a Formula One driving seat.
  • "Olympics, Paralympics and London Olympics Association Rights: Remedies for Infringement" reports on new UK regulations that create remedies for the infringement of the new London Olympics Association Right.