Copyright Law

Product Photos: Derivative Under Copyright Act §101?

, New York Law Journal

Robert J. Bernstein and Robert W. Clarida write that three district courts have recently considered whether a work should be considered to be "derivative" within the meaning of §101 of the 1976 Copyright Act. Although in each case the issue was raised in the context of photographs of three dimensional objects, the determination of whether a work is "derivative" and the consequences of that determination are broadly applicable across the spectrum of copyrightable subject matter.

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