Streeterlaw addesses case of website copyright infringement30-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.
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 situation was resolved with the offending text being removed. The defendant company paid all legal costs plus a confidential sum for damages.
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