Digital Piracy & Copyright

As technology develops at rapid paces, so too does the quest of entertainment corporations to stop or inhibit the file-sharing and file streaming websites. Stuart Miller Solicitors have defended digital piracy cases for over a decade. We possess the knowledge, the skill and the vigor to pursue every avenue to secure the best possible outcome.

Copyright law offers the creator of a design or idea, legal protection to have exclusive rights over the use of that design or idea and seek payment for the use of the same. Whether it is computer software, games, music, movies, television or other form of entertainment; they are all protected from being used, copied or distributed without the producer’s consent.

Since the environment we live in provides unparalleled access to to all forms of entertainment online; the ability for copyrighted material to be reproduced and shared or sold online without reimbursement to the producer has increased dramatically, especially since access and reproduction can happen anywhere in the world.

File-sharing or streaming websites can be accessed by a mobile phone, a computer, television or set-top box and are used in contravention of copyright laws millions of times per day. However, copyright holders and law enforcement authorities rarely invest their efforts in pursuing the end-user.

Vast efforts and specialist investigation teams such as the National HiTech Crime Unit, Trading Standards Agency, London’s Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) and the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) are employing substantial resources in identifying those who develop tools or create online platforms to enable piracy.

Whether you are a programmer, a software engineer or simply experimenting with software for educational and training purposes; if you are accused of developing such software or platforms, you must immediately seek the guidance of a specialist Solicitor.

Our Fraud Lawyers will study the prosecution’s case carefully and identify material supporting your defence. Not only that, we will ensure the prosecution have executed their duty and proven, beyond any reasonable doubt at all, that it was actually you sitting behind the accused computer and IP address which may have facilitated the commission of the offences.

Stuart Miller Solicitors’ Cybercrime Lawyers not only have access to renowned and leading Barristers who will be called in to meet with you, we also have great relationships with computer experts who can be engaged to give favourable evidence in your case. These experts can not only extract evidence from your computers and servers in any format, they can also present useful material to the Court.

If you wish to discuss your case, we will offer you a free consultation. We can act for you at the police station for free and thereafter, we can help assess your financial eligibility for legal aid. We believe, no matter what your financial position, if you are prosecuted by the State, you must also be defended with funds by the State. Please contact the Cybercrime team to arrange your meeting, whether face to face, online or by telephone.