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Beloff v Pressdram Ltd

[1973] RPC 756

Case summary last updated at 29/01/2020 17:51 by the Oxbridge Notes in-house law team.

Judgement for the case Beloff v Pressdram Ltd

C wrote an internal memorandum relating to a member of the government which was leaked to Private Eye, who then published it. D sought to rely on defence of ‘fair dealing for the purposes of review or criticism’. Held:
·        For unpublished works, is generally not ‘fair’ dealing to reproduce any of work at all.
Ø  this is especially case where unpublished work has been ‘leaked’ by unidentified source, or obtained in breach of confidence.
·        Thuson facts, D could not rely on defence of fair dealing.

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