Allan McGregor, the Hull City FC and Scottish international
goalkeeper, has become the first Premier League player to make an
application for the registration of their image rights.
The application was made to the Guernsey Registry by Romanillos
& Cook Image Rights Limited (R & C). R & C were
also responsible for the image rights registration of Manchester
City Manager Manuel Pellegrini last year - the first by a Premier
McGregor, a product of the Rangers FC youth development
programme, became a regular Rangers first team player in 2006 and
went on to make more than 100 appearances for the club, winning 11
major honours, comprising three consecutive Scottish league titles
(2009, 2010 and 2011) three Scottish Cups and five Scottish League
In 2012 he joined Turkish football club Besiktas, helping them
gain 3rd place in the Turkish Super League. McGregor then signed
for Hull City FC in July 2013 and most recently played in the FA
Cup Final against Arsenal in May 2014.
Jose Luis Romanillos, Managing Director of R & C, said
McGregor's image rights application provided him with a number
of benefits and opportunities, namely protection, evidence, value,
flexibility and promotion.
"Guernsey's image rights legislation provides an
additional layer of protection of one's image and
'brand', against abuse or infringement by a third party.
The image rights registration can be used initially as a threat to
infringers, but ultimately a court order can be sought in Guernsey,
which in turn could be applied in the jurisdiction of the
infringement. The image rights registration is concrete evidence of
the individual's image rights, confirming their existence and
potential worth," said Mr Romanillos.
"The registration creates a 'tangible' asset that
can be valued, licensed, monetised and even sold. Unlike with its
'elder brother' Trademark, additional images can be bolted
into the same image right registration, at any point in the future.
The register is also a public record and can be used as a marketing
and promotional tool."
As reported in the market updates section of this newsletter, the UAE Ministry of Economy recently reviewed the fees charged by its various departments, including the Trade Mark, Patent and Copyright Office.
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