Law firm CJCH wins anti-piracy contract from movie effects software creators

By Raspberry Jim,

An award-winning special effects company which worked on Hollywood blockbusters including Guardians of the Galaxy has teamed up with Cardiff-based law firm CJCH.

Visual effects company Foundry, which produces the creative software used to deliver films such as Avatar, Inception, and Guardians of the Galaxy, has appointed the law firm to protect its intellectual property.

CJCH has a global reputation for its expertise in fighting copyright piracy, and recently won Welsh Government backing to establish and run an anti-piracy hub creating more than 70 jobs.

Established in 1996, Foundry is headquartered in London, with offices in Manchester, Los Angeles, and Silicon Valley.

Its software is used in the film, TV, design, gaming, virtual reality, automotive, apparel and education industries, and the company has worked with some of the world’s most renowned studios.

CJCH will fulfil an anti-piracy and compliance role, tracking down illegal users of Foundry visual effects software, Nuke (visual effects), Modo (3D modelling), Mari (high resolution 3D painting), and Katana (high efficiency CG look development and lighting).

Nuke software has been used in many recent blockbusters, including Tom Cruise’s Edge of Tomorrow, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avatar and The Twilight Saga.

CJCH has helped recoup millions of euros for clients in recent years, and targeted initiatives in Spain alone last year generated over 500,000 euros in settlements for one software client.

Steve Rees, of the CJCH intellectual property (IP), anti-piracy and compliance team, said: We are excited to be involved in a new venture with Foundry, given the success we’ve had with clients in other sectors of licence compliance.

Foundry’s work with visual effects is world renowned and to be protecting their IP is an exciting new challenge for the firm.

VFX (visual effects) winners at Academy Awards, whose tools were provided by Foundry, include: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Avatar, Inception, Ex Machina, and Interstellar.

CJCH, a Wales top-20 law firm with headquarters in Cardiff, has grown to more than 100 members of staff. Its expertise covers the full range of legal services including commercial, corporate, dispute resolution, intellectual property, mental health, employment law, motoring, property, family, child care, crime, wills & probate.

Further information about the firm is available at www.cjchsolicitors.co.uk.