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Intellectual Property partner Colin Bell speaks to BBC Radio 4 as Ed Sheeran hits headlines over latest copyright court battle

Intellectual Property partner Colin Bell speaks to BBC Radio 4 as Ed Sheeran hits headlines over latest copyright court battle

Thursday 11th August 2016

Brabners’ IP lawyer Colin Bell spoke to BBC Radio 4 last night as one of the world’s most successful recording artists, Ed Sheeran, faces a second legal battle over allegations of plagiarism. The allegation is being made by the family of the co-author of the Marvin Gaye hit ‘Let’s Get It On’, claiming that key parts of the song are copied in Sheeran’s single ‘Thinking Out Loud’. He is currently being sued by two other song writers over alleged similarities.

With earlier high profile cases such as the Pharrell Williams & Robin Thicke Blurred Lines case, the increasing number of court battles over similar sounding songs is no surprise says intellectual property expert Colin Bell:

“They’ve seen the results from the Marvin Gaye and Robin Thicke case, increased by the fact that because of the state of the music industry, quite often the writers don’t get vast amounts of money from the music that they write and so this is an extra ‘treasure chest’ for them if they can get a successful claim.”

Even if the defendant wins the legal battle can still be costly, with judges in other cases ruling against the recoup of legal costs.

Understanding copyright and intellectual property, and staying on the right side of it, is not unique to the legal industry and it is important for ambitious businesses in the creative sector to take note and get the right advice.

Colin’s interview can be heard again on the 6 o’clock news via the BBC Radio 4 website.

For more information about protecting your intellectual property or to discuss any of the issues raised in this article Colin Bell or get in touch with Brabners’ Tech, Creative and Digital team on 0151 600 3000.