Monday 22 May 2017

Further alleged copyright infringements by TheLiberal.ie since case taken against owner

Malachy Steenson, solicitor for Leo Sherlock and Paul Meagher, solicitor for Independent Newspapers outside Ardee court Photo: Ciara Wilkinson
Malachy Steenson, solicitor for Leo Sherlock and Paul Meagher, solicitor for Independent Newspapers outside Ardee court Photo: Ciara Wilkinson

Elaine Keogh

There have been further alleged copyright infringements involving TheLiberal.ie website since a case being taken against the owner of the site was last in court, a district court Judge heard today.

Ardee District Court also heard that the civil cases being taken separately against Leo Sherlock, registered owner of TheLiberal.ie by Independent Newspapers and by courts news service CCC Nuacht are “making the exact same claim of breach of copyright”.

Both were listed in Ardee court today.

Mr Paul Meagher, solicitor for Independent Newspapers, publishers of the Irish Independent and Independent.ie, asked Judge Marie Keane for a hearing “at the earliest possible date.”

Since the matter was last listed, the defendant, who has an address at Glenvar, Ardee road, Collon, county Louth, has filed a defence and he was represented in court today by solicitor Malachy Steenson.

Mr Steenson said it could take half a morning to hear the matter and that they are two separate cases.

Mr Meagher said that both plaintiffs are making the same claim of breach of copyright and he said “there have been further infringements since the last (court) date.”

Judge Keane listed the matters again for April 4 when a hearing date is expected to be set.

She also struck out a motion for judgement taken by Independent Newspapers against Leo Sherlock and awarded costs to Independent Newspapers. This related to earlier in the proceedings when there had not been any appearance for Leo Sherlock or a defence lodged.

A stay on this order was granted until the hearing date.

The motion, seeking judgement in default, had been issued earlier in the proceedings.

The proceedings are under the Copyright and Related Rights Act 2000.

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