Infringement Claim Fails Because Law Protects Expression, Not Ideas

January 24, 2013

By David Walker

©Donald Harney (left); ©Sony Pictures Television (right)

In a case hinging on the similarity between two photographs showing a girl riding “piggyback” on a man’s shoulders, a federal appeals court in Boston has ruled that Sony Pictures Television did not violate the copyright of freelance photographer Donald Harney. In its decision earlier this month, the appeals court affirmed a lower court ruling that “no reasonable jury could...

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