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Swedish couple win appeal over Jaguar C-type replica

Friday, 24 March 2023 at 15:00:00 UTC


Al Suttie

Magnussons overturn court ruling

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A Swedish couple have won their appeal against Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) that means they are now free to continue building their C-type replica.

The original court ruling went in favour of JLR and would have meant Karl and AnneChristine Magnusson having to scrap their handmade car and pay 1 million SEK in damages to the British car manufacturer.

However, the Svea Court of Appeal has now ruled that JLR had no right to claim copyright infringement over the replica built by the Magnussons. Crucially, the court also found that there has been a global market for replicas for several decades that Jaguar has accepted and supported, and this constitutes a general consent.

The court also stated that JLR can withdraw its general consent and this should serve as a warning to replica builders.

Mr. Magnusson does not want to speculate why JLR chose to sue him and his wife in Sweden, considering that there are thousands of C-type replicas in the world.

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