Clown's Copyright Claims No Laughing Matter: Judge

Law360, New York (August 20, 2009, 4:14 PM EDT) -- Simon & Schuster Inc. and the McGraw-Hill Cos. Inc. have lost their bid to drop a copyright infringement suit from a children's author and former circus clown who has accused the publishers of using passages and illustrations from his book in standardized tests without permission.

Judge Robert W. Sweet of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York denied the publishers' motion for summary judgment Tuesday, ruling that the scope of licensing agreements between Simon & Schuster, which holds the publishing rights to...
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