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Bridgeman Art Library v. Corel

Bridgeman Art Library, Ltd. v. Corel Corp., 25 F. Supp. 2d 421 (S.D.N.Y. 1998), on reconsideration, 36 F. Supp. 2d 191 (S.D.N.Y. 1999).


This case – which upended the widely-held notion that photographic reproductions of two-dimensional artworks in the public domain were themselves eligible for  copyright protection – effectively curtailed the extent to which museums and other owners of art and art images could stop people from making copies of photographs of two-dimensional, public domain artworks in their collections.  Ruling on a suit brought by an art image library against a computer software manufacturer it suspected of copying its images, a U.S. federal district court held that . . . .

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