The author is a UK qualified and fully licensed current practicing solicitor specialising in intellectual property cases and digital technology. He is currently a Judicial Work Shadow Candidate for the Intellectual Property Tribunal
What is corporate veil?
The general legal rule for copyright infringement liability is that a company is a separate legal person from its directors. Generally, an act of the company is not necessarily an act of its directors personally. This is the case no matter how small the company is or how much the directors micro-manage the affairs of the company. As a separate legal entity, the private limited liability company is solely responsible for its liabilities and debts – the so called “corporate veil principle”.