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Twentieth Century Fox v Newzbin Ltd

[2010] EWHC 608

Case summary last updated at 29/01/2020 17:38 by the Oxbridge Notes in-house law team.

Judgement for the case Twentieth Century Fox v Newzbin Ltd

D, Newzbin, was a members-only site with a movies section. Website provided an extensive indexing and search facility, as well as a ‘NZB’ facility which enabled premium members to download the contents of files, including films. C alleged that D had authorised infringement of copyright in its films through provision of these facilities. Held:
·        See notes.
·        On facts, 
Ø  once a film was entered into the indexing facility, use of NZB facility would inevitably result in an infringement;
Ø  NZB facility was created by D and was under D’s control
·        Thus a reasonable person would have supposed from D’s activities that D purported to have authority to grant permission to copy films.

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