Vasil Kisil & Partners’ has successfully represented McDonald's Ukraine in a case against the Ukrainian League of Copyright and Related Rights.
According to Vasil Kisil & Partners, "the ULCRR filed a lawsuit against McDonald's, seeking remuneration for the public performance of phonograms in the chain’s restaurants. ULCRR is the only accredited collective management organization authorized to collect remuneration for this type of phonogram use in Ukraine. The plaintiff contended that McDonald's was obliged to enter into an agreement with the plaintiff, regardless of the actual circumstances of use. However, McDonald's entered into remuneration agreements directly with the holders of related rights to phonograms and performances. The rights holders withdrew their rights from the management of ULCRR, which is why the latter had no right to collect remuneration for their phonograms. The courts of two instances dismissed the ULCRR’s lawsuit, and the Supreme Court refused to commence a cassation proceeding."
Vasil Kisil & Partners's team consisted of Counsel Ilarion Tomarov and Associate Daria Romashchenko.