morddwyd 08:13 28 Jan 10

I was recently on a BBC web page and there was a disclaimer that the BBC accepted no responsibility for the ownership of the content.

If the content did happen to breach copyright, would this disclaimer stand up in court?

  Forum Editor 18:44 28 Jan 10

is no, but as fourm member points out a breach by a third party would be extremely unlikely to go to court.

An offended copyright holder would first send a 'cease and desist' notice to the publisher, and that is normally sufficient - the publisher removes the copyright breach, and it's the end of the matter.If the breach isn't rectified within a reasonable period after notification a lawyers' letter might be sent, and so on, until eventually a court case may ensue.

The BBC's disclaimer isn't really in respect of copyright risks anyway - it's put there in order to protect the BBC in case of false claims, misrepresentations, inaccurate information, etc. gathered from external agencies.

  morddwyd 20:06 28 Jan 10

Thank you both.

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