Judge Shutters Photog's Suit Over Celeb Photos On EBay

By Jonathan Randles (January 20, 2015, 2:29 PM EST) -- A California federal judge on Friday nixed a photographer's copyright infringement lawsuit against eBay Inc. over the online auction site's use of celebrity photos that he had taken, ruling that displaying these images on eBay's site is authorized under a federal safe harbor for protecting the resale of photos and prints.

U.S. District Judge Michael Fitzgerald granted eBay's motion for summary judgment in a lawsuit filed by photographer Barry Rosen. The court found that eBay could not be found liable under Digital Millennium Copyright Act safe-harbor provisions and the fair use doctrine for having its users post Rosen's photos on its...

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