Amstrad revisited in the digital age

    April 2010

    It is not only the person who carries out the infringing act who is liable for copyright infringement. Copyright is also infringed by a person who, without the licence of the copyright owner, does, or authorises another to do, any act restricted by copyright.

    Further, a person who procures an infringement of copyright or who participates in a common design to infringe is jointly and severally liable with the primary infringer. The scope of authorisation and procurement has recently been considered by Mr Justice Kitchin in the case of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation v Newzbin Limited [2010].