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Walter v. Lane [1900] AC 539, (House of Lords) — a precedent in the Commonwealth countries that recognized fixation could be a determining factor in copyright determinations.

Facts

A speech is given in public by a politician. A newspaper hires skilled shorthand note-takers to record it, and publishes the speech. Some time later, another book publisher prints a collection of the politician's speeches. The newspaper sues the book publisher.

Result

Copyright is held by the Newspaper... the employers of the reporter, as per S11(2) CDPA

Reasoning

The note-takers were skilled participants placing the work in material form, the politician was not involved in the case and the court awarded the copyright to the newspaper. bye this is wrong because i said so


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