Streeterlaw addesses case of website copyright infringement

30-November-2010 Commercial Disputes By Mark Streeter

The situation – theft of intellectual property

An Australian company had an extremely well developed website. Hundreds of hours had gone into its development in optimising design and content to inform and direct new business. A competitor was accused of “cutting and pasting” significant portions of text from the company website onto their own website.

The solution

Streeterlaw wrote a letter of demand requesting the removal of the infringing text from the website. Only part of the text was removed in response to the letter of demand. Urgent proceedings were then commenced in the court seeking an injunction requiring the removal of the offending text within two days.

The defendant provided an “enforceable” undertaking to the Court that they would remove the text. The deadline for removal of the offending text expired without compliance with the enforceable undertaking. Streeterlaw sought enforcement orders and filed an application for contempt, joining the directors of the defendant corporation as a further respondent and defendant to the action.

The result

The situation was resolved with the offending text being removed. The defendant company paid all legal costs plus a confidential sum for damages.

This is just one example of Streeterlaw’s very precise strategy for clients. Protect your intellectual property. Call Streeterlaw for a free no-obligation phone consultation to discuss your situation.

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Written by Mark Streeter

Mark Streeter

The Director of Streeterlaw, Mark has been practicing Law since 1994. He has attained his Masters of Law in 1999 and in 2006 was awarded his Specialist Accreditation in Commercial Litigation. Mark is a member of ARITA, a graduate of the AICD and a member of AICM. A member of STEP, Mark enjoys working in the area of Wills and Estates. In 2020 Mark is the Chair of STEP NSW.

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