Virtuoso’s Matthew Lingard appears in Entertainment Law Review

Matthew Lingard

Matthew Lingard’s “Click and Consent” details Argos Systems Inc. (US) v. Argos Ltd. (UK).

Virtuoso Legal’s Matthew Lingard has been published in the Entertainment Law Review. We are delighted that one of our young solicitors has received such coverage.
His article “Click and Consent” relays the detail of the Argos case. Inside, Matthew probes precedents set in: consent, targeting and more.
The case was both fascinating and intricate. It involved several interlinking and overlapping defences. This was most interesting where core infringement defences translated online.
This led to precedents being set in the High Court for use of Google AdWords, and “own name” in domain use.
Ultimately, Virtuoso Legal defended the smaller client successfully on all counts. The key part of the victory was the protection of ASI from adverse commercial effects.
This involved two successful cost hearings; ensuring ASI were not left out of pocket.

ASI CEO Pekka Moilanen said:

“The decision confirms my company was merely conducting its business legitimately.  As a relatively small company based in the US, being dragged into the High Court in London by Argos UK was obviously very chilling. But the team at Virtuoso Legal guided us through the procedure throughout and during trial in London.  We are very pleased with the result and look forward to focusing upon our business in the years to come.”

The original judgement can be found here.

For more information on the individual aspects of the case; please visit our blog posts on each issue:






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