Courtney Bolin @FinneganIPLaw: Shot on iPhone: Media Group Found to Infringe “Simple Picture,” Court Rejects Fair Use Defense

[Cox is having a tough year, needs to take a serious look at their copyright advice.)

In copyright law, the fair use doctrine limits the control authors have over their copyrighted works by providing that others may use the copyrighted work in a reasonable manner without the author’s consent under some circumstances. Specifically, Section 107 of the Copyright Act provides that certain uses of a copyrighted work, such as news reporting, do not necessarily infringe a party’s copyright rights. However, in Cruz v. Cox Media, the Eastern District of New York held that fair use did not protect a media giant from copyright infringement liability resulting from its unauthorized use of a photograph in its news reporting.

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