On October 9 court of general jurisdiction of Kentron and Nork-Marash communities
of Yerevan started hearings on the suit of “Hayheghinak” (“Armauthor”) versus
“Yerkir Media” TV company. Public organization, defending copyright, demands
to oblige the TV company to pay the expenses on lawyer services in the amount
of 600,000 drams (approximately $ 1950), sustained by it during the previous
litigation between the two parties in July 2008.
On July 4 Civil Court of Yerevan secured the suit of “Armauthor” demanding
to oblige “Yerkir Media” to conclude a licensed contract on using
copyright objects. “Yerkir Media” Director David Hakobian told YPC that the
TV company is ready to sign a contract with “Armauthor”, but, as the
court decision came into force, NGO representatives did not address them with
this question and applied to the court with a new suit – about recovering lawyer
service expenses. David Hakobian thinks that the sum required by “Armauthor”
is too huge. In his turn, the head of “Armauthor” Susanna Nersisian told YPC
that in order to defend the interests of its clients the organization engages
well-reputed lawyers on contract basis, including foreign advisers, whose services
are very expensive, and a need of a court suit would not have appeared if “Yerkir
Media” timely signed the contract.
The October 9 session was suspended due to the Court’s demand from the plaintiff
of the original documents proving the expenses on lawyer services.
Next session is scheduled for October 27.