R (Virgin Media Ltd) v Zinga

Criminal law – Costs. The Court of Appeal, Civil Division, considered an application for costs following a private prosecution by Virgin Media Limited in which the defendant had been alleged to have provided set-top boxes where the encryption firmware had been compromised, allowing the user to view television channels free of charge. In making its award, the court considered the reasonableness of instructing the solicitor and counsel retained by the company.

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