Nottinghamshire Healthcare National Health Service Trust v News Group Newspapers Ltd: ChD 14 Mar 2002

The claimant sought additional and punitive damages for infringement of copyright by the defendant.
Held: The section of the 1988 Act should not normally justify an award of purely punitive or exemplary damages. The existence of several copyrights in any work might otherwise leave an infringer open to several such claims. Criminal offences had been created for infringement carried out knowingly. Nevertheless for additional damages can be made for cases of carelessness amounting to an attitude of ‘couldn’t care less’: recklessness could also be equated to deliberation.

Pumfrey J
Times 01-Apr-2002, Gazette 23-May-2002, [2002] EWHC 409 (Ch), [2002] EMLR 33
Copyright, Design and Patents Act 1988 97(2)
England and Wales
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Intellectual Property, Damages

Updated: 06 December 2021; Ref: scu.168116