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Berwin Leighton Paisner

Most innovative law firms in Dispute Resolution 2012

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Award levelHighly commended
InnovationOnline newspaper content
Originality6
Rationale7
Impact7
Total20
DescriptionThe firm acted for the Newspaper Licensing Authority (NLA) on a breach of copyright case against Meltwater in the Copyright Tribunal. In a climate where there is an assumption that internet content should be free, the firm marshalled some creative arguments to convince the High Court and Court of Appeal to protect NLA's licences and stop copyright infringement. It resulted in a decision which has huge significance for newspapers and set a precedent for the terms of use of online newspaper content, in effect protecting NLA's core business.