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The criminal litigation team at Morgan Rose has successfully defended numerous clients facing Crown Prosecution Service and private prosecution in high profile cases of alleged copyright and trademark infringement brought under the Copyright, Designs & Patents Act and the Trade Marks Act as well serious fraud related offences.

The cases in which Morgan Rose has been involved have been run as joint operations by the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT), the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) and the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) in conjunction with British Police, Trading Standards and often, Interpol.

Morgan Rose acted for the lead defendant in the first prosecution ever brought in the UK for alleged illegal file-sharing, with the result that our client was acquitted of all charges.   Morgan Rose went on to act for both defendants in the next major UK prosecution brought against a high profile user contributed online video directory for television programmes, films, and music videos, securing a pre-trial discharge of the case.  Other notable successes followed with charges being dropped against the oldest oldest surviving BitTorrent site, in a prosecution where Morgan Rose acted for the lead defendant.  We have also secured the dropping of criminal charges against a client in a further case brought by the BPI for copyright infringement against a producer of mash-up and mix tapes and a joint investigation by City of London Police and FACT into file sharing resulted in no charges being brought after a long investigation in which Morgan Rose lawyers advised throughout.  Our clients have included those listed in the top 25 Most Influential People in Online Music list. 

Our record of results in this practice area reflects our dedication to the most technically challenging criminal cases and pro-active defending at every stage of investigations and prosecutions.
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