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Cobalt Successful for Latvian Television in Latvia's Supreme Court

Cobalt Successful for Latvian Television in Latvia's Supreme Court

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Cobalt has successfully represented Latvian Television in a copyright and competition dispute against All Media Latvia that reached Latvia's Supreme Court.

Ultimately, the Supreme Court upheld a lower court's decision dismissing All Media Latvia's claim that alleged a breach of copyright, unfair competition, and sought damages.

All Media Latvia, previously known as Latvijas Neatkariga Televizija, claimed that Latvian Television’s morning show "Rita Panorama" imitated the format of its "900 Sekundes" show, in breach of the country's Copyright Act and Competition Act.   

According to Cobalt, in making its decision, the Supreme Court for the first time discussed a TV format as the property of its creator. According to the firm, "the Supreme Court explained that, in principle, a TV format may be protected, but no one has the right to monopolize an entire class of television programs (genre). Having recognized that the prohibition of unfair competition is actionable in a dispute over a TV format, the court listed the criteria of an infringement and agreed that in the case at hand they had not been fulfilled." 

Cobalt’s team consisted of Senior Associate Linda Birina and Associate Ivo Maskalans.

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COBALT is closely integrated alliance of top-tier law offices in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Belarus, making us one of the largest law firms in the Baltic market. 

COBALT is a trusted partner for daily matters and complex large-scale transactions and disputes. The firm’s broad spectrum of expertise and established position as the market leader give a comprehensive basis for providing advice on special areas of business law.

We advise top international and regional businesses, financial institutions, state and local governments, and the region’s most promising start-ups. We offer leading-edge solutions in key industry sectors: Consumer Products, Trade & Distribution, Real Estate & Construction, Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare, Energy & Utilities, Communications, Media & Technologies, Financial Services, Transport & Logistics.

COBALT has been named Baltic Law Firm of the Year 6 times. We were recognized as the Most Innovative Law Firm of the Year 2019 in the Baltics at the IFLR European Awards in London. COBALT also won CEE Legal Matters Deal of the Year Award for Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, as well as the overall Baltic Deal of the Year, at the 2019 CEE Legal Matters Awards. We have received multiple awards from the Chambers Europe, IFLR, The Lawyer and Mergermarket and we are regularly listed amongst the top performing M&A legal advisors in the Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters and Mergermarket deal tables

More information on Cobalt can be found at www.cobalt.legal

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