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Fraser v Thames TV

[1984] 1 QB 44

Case summary last updated at 02/02/2020 14:01 by the Oxbridge Notes in-house law team.

Judgement for the case Fraser v Thames TV

C had idea for TV series concerning a female rock group. Was partly fictional and partly based on experiences of C. Idea was communicated to D (a scriptwriter), who then communicated it to D2 (a producer). D and D2’s TV company went on to produce TV show based on idea, but using different actresses to C. C sued for breach of confidence. Held:
·       Fact that idea was communicated orally is irrelevant to liability
Ø  i.e. information can be confidential regardless of its form.
·       To be confidential, idea must have some element of originality not already in public knowledge.
·       Must also be case that idea is clearly identifiable
Ø  i.e. as vague idea does not suffice
Ø  but also no need for idea to be fully developed
·       Information was confidential.

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