[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]

Re: Press Release Copyright (was RE: Howard Stern In Denver)

On 29 Apr 99,  Douglas J. Broda wrote:

> I do know that the lack of financial gain isn't utterly determinative.
> (Example: the Lyrics Server that was shut down that posted music lyrics,
> which certainly didn't make money for its creator/maintainer (ad revenues
> were less than hosting costs), but was still a near-certain copyright
> violation.)
Exactly.  Even if you don't make money infringing a copyright, the free 
distribution could cost the copyright holder money by diluting the 
market for the legitimate material.

> As for the intent, I think you're quite right when a newspaper to which a
> release is sent uses it. But would that imply a consent to its
> redistribution by someone other than a newspaper or other directed
> recipient? I don't know. But I'm sure some judge has decided this
> somewhere, and I'd *hope* that the decision was that it's not a violation.

Not unless some idiot actually claimed infringement for a press release, 
which doesn't seem very likely.

 A.Joseph Ross, J.D.                                 617.367.0468
 15 Court Square                             lawyer@world.std.com
 Boston, MA 02108-2503              http://world.std.com/~lawyer/