EU High Court Offers Cover For Newspapers Aiding Police

Law360, New York (December 1, 2011, 5:01 PM EST) -- The European Union's highest court ruled Thursday that media outlets do not need a copyright-holder's permission to publish a photographic portrait if they are assisting the police in a search for a missing person.

The European Court of Justice advised a Vienna court that while photo portraits merit the same copyright protection as other works, newspapers and other publications can reproduce those types of photos without the photographer's permission in order to aid in a criminal investigation under certain conditions.

"Having regard to the purpose of...
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