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CBS Songs Limited v Amstrad Consumer Electronics Plc

[1988] 1 AC 1013

Case summary last updated at 29/01/2020 17:34 by the Oxbridge Notes in-house law team.

Judgement for the case CBS Songs Limited v Amstrad Consumer Electronics Plc

D, Amstrad, manufactured and sold a dual-tape cassette machine, which enabled recordings to be made from one cassette tape to another. C sued on behalf of the record industry, alleging that D had authorised members of public to C’s copyright by virtue of making, advertising and selling the machine. Held:
·        See notes. On facts, Amstrad’s adverts heavily implied that machine could be used to make illegal copies
Ø  however this is not authorisation of the making of copies.

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