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Sillitoe v McGraw-Hill Book Company (U.K.) Ltd

[1983] FSR 545

Case summary last updated at 29/01/2020 18:23 by the Oxbridge Notes in-house law team.

Judgement for the case Sillitoe v McGraw-Hill Book Company (U.K.) Ltd

D, a book publisher, produced a manual of study notes on a novel; in doing so, D reproduced 5% of the original novel. C, owner of copyright in novel, sued for infringement.

Held:
 
·        Creation of notes was NOT for research or private study.
Ø  this because D is not himself engaged in private study or research
-        rather D is merely facilitating this for others  in order to obtain a profit
Ø  in addition creation of book was done for a commercial purpose
-        thus does not fall under defence

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