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Re: Press Release Copyright (was RE: Howard Stern In Denver)
- Subject: Re: Press Release Copyright (was RE: Howard Stern In Denver)
- From: "A. Joseph Ross" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Fri, 30 Apr 1999 01:43:34 -0400
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
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.
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