Sony, A&E Crime Drama Didn't Infringe Photogs' Pic: 1st Circ.

Law360, New York (January 8, 2013, 3:31 PM EST) -- The First Circuit ruled Monday that Sony Pictures Television Inc. and A&E Television Networks LLC didn't commit copyright infringement by recreating a well-known photograph of convicted kidnapper Christian Gerhartsreiter and his daughter for a true crime TV movie.

The studio's image — which restaged photojournalist Donald Harney's highly publicized photo using the actors who portrayed the Gerhartsreiters in the film — copied aspects of the original that cannot be protected by copyright law, the appeals court said.

For instance, both photos show Gerhartsreiter's daughter, Reigh, on his...
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