7th Circ. Revives 'Thomas & Friends' Photo Rights Suit

Law360, New York (November 5, 2009, 7:43 PM EST) -- A federal appeals court on Thursday revived a photographer's suit alleging HIT Entertainment and Learning Curve International Inc. infringed his copyright on product photos he took of their “Thomas & Friends” train toys.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit found that the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois had incorrectly dismissed Daniel Schrock's suit, reversing and remanding it to the lower court for further proceedings.

The Seventh Circuit rejected the district court ruling that the photos were not qualified for...
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