Grateful Dead photographs were covered by fair use doctrine

August 2006

Book publishing
By Irena A Kushner

In a recent fair use case, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of the defendants, agreeing that their reproduction of copyrighted Grateful Dead images in its book,Grateful Dead: The Illustrated Trip, was “protected by the fair use exception to copyright infringement.” Bill Graham Archives v. Dorling Kindersley Limited, Case No. 05-2514-cv (2nd Cir. May 9, 2005) (Restani, J.).

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