Case Study: Rundquist V. Vapiano

Law360, New York (September 12, 2011, 2:58 PM EDT) -- To what extent will a U.S. court entertain copyright claims involving a foreign defendant and its activities abroad? A recent federal district court decision examines this question. In Rundquist v. Vapiano SE, Swedish photographer Ewa-Marie Rundquist alleged that Vapiano, an international restaurant chain, was using her photographs without permission as a "central décor element" in its restaurants around the world and on its website, giving rise to claims of copyright infringement under the laws of the U.S. and 15 foreign countries.

According to the complaint, Ms....
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