Judge Rips Attys Over Facebook Birth Copyright Case

By Bill Donahue (June 21, 2017, 5:24 PM EDT) -- A man who live-streamed his son's birth on Facebook has been ordered to pay the attorneys' fees of ABC, NBC and several other media outlets he unsuccessfully sued for using it — lawsuits that a federal judge says "no reasonable lawyer with any familiarity with the law of copyright" should have filed.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan came four months after he easily tossed Kali Kanongataa's lawsuits against ABC, NBC, Yahoo and COED Media over their use of the viral video. The judge said news reports with brief clips of the video were squarely protected by the...

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