Local law firms welcome image rights approval

FINAL approval of image rights legislation in Guernsey, which came into effect this morning, has been welcomed by local law firms.

David Evans

FINAL approval of image rights legislation in Guernsey, which came into effect this morning, has been welcomed by local law firms.

The image rights register opened at midnight and there will be much interest within the industry over whether any celebrities pursue registration at the earliest opportunity.

The Image Rights (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Ordinance, 2012, means that for the first time, anywhere in the world, individuals and their agents can register and protect their personality from today.

The law has been described as a ‘bold move’ by the island to position itself as a world leader in the management, protection and exploitation of an extremely innovative IP right.

‘It is about time that IP legislation caught up with what society values – image rights are an important asset class,’ said David Evans, director of Collas Crill IP, pictured.

Comments for: "Local law firms welcome image rights approval"

Barry

Only a lawyer would welcome this as it means more large fees to be had.

Terry Langlois

what's not to welcome?

if it generates fees it will create jobs

where's the downside?

Ray

So in 2012 what society actually values is .. 'Nice to see you,to see you nice',or 'The name's Bond ..James Bond',or any one of David Beckham's many hairstyles,or even Spartacus'- 'There is no evidence'

Are there now certain words in the English dictionary that we cannot use or string together in a certain way without being sued?

I have a cousin who,after a few beers, can play the first line of Sarnia Cherie without the aid of a musical instrument.Is that registerable?

PLP

All I'm interested in is whether PB Falla will register "another Guernsey shambles"