In Blow to Knight Ridder, Judge Refuses to Dismiss Case

Law360, New York (January 6, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- Rejecting fair use as a defense, a California federal judge has denied a motion by Knight Ridder’s flagship paper, The San Jose Mercury News, to dismiss a copyright infringement action brought against it by a prominent Southern photographer.

U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer denied the Mercury News’ request for a summary judgment, propelling the case towards trial.

The latest development sets the stage for a possibly contentious battle over the issue of fair use, which permits the use of copyright material without permission from the...
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