ABC News Beats Copyright Suit Over Hidden-Camera Footage

Law360, Los Angeles (April 23, 2013, 3:19 PM EDT) -- ABC News Inc. on Tuesday beat claims that it infringed a film producer’s copyright when it aired hidden-camera footage he took, with a Washington federal judge ruling ABC had reasonably believed the producer worked for an advocacy group that had a contract with ABC.

Plaintiff Gregory Slate sued in 2009, alleging one count of direct copyright infringement and one count of contributory copyright infringement after footage he recorded was used in an ABC broadcast after he had parted ways with the Police Complaint Center. The subject...
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