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Bbc Win Dalek Book Battle

17 April 2008 5:11 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The Bbc has won a legal battle against a company which claimed it owned the book copyright to Doctor Who villains the Daleks.

Paul Fishman, whose father knew the iconic characters' creator Terry Nation, told London's High Court his company Jhp held the book rights to Dalek stories, and claimed these had been infringed by Bbc Worldwide.

A judge ruled on Wednesday that while Jhp held a licence to publish Dalek books in the 1960s, it did not own the copyright.

Fishman inherited Jhp - which published Nation's Dalek books - from his father, and contacted Bbc Worldwide in 2001 regarding a new publishing deal. The two companies then fell out over the storyline, with the Bbc publishing The Dalek Survival Guide. »

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BBC wins court battle over Daleks

17 April 2008 1:06 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The BBC has won a court battle over the copyright to the Daleks.

A High Court judge yesterday ruled BBC Worldwide had not infringed copyright by publishing a book, the Dalek Survival Guide, on the theme of the Doctor Who characters.

Publisher Jhp printed four books containing stories by Dalek creator Terry Nation in the 1960s. Paul Fishman, its current boss, had looked at working with the corporation on a new book in 2001, but the two fell out.

After the Survival Guide came out a year later, Fishman - the son of one of Nation's friends and collaborators - claimed his company owned the copyright to the Daleks.

He claimed the Bbc's book was "cheap and nasty" and contained material copied from . . . »

- (Dave West)

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