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Ringgold v. Black Entertainment Television

Ringgold v. Black Entm't Television, Inc., No. 96 Civ. 0290 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 19, 1996), rev’d and remanded, 126 F.3d 70 (2d Cir. 1997).

This case has been discussed as a precedent for music and internet copying, as well as the visual arts. Plaintiff Faith Ringgold created “Church Picnic Story Quilt,” which is part of the High Museum of Art’s collection. In 1988 the High Museum licensed the quilt for reproduction as a poster. A division of defendant Home Box Office, Inc. produced a sitcom, one episode of which included a framed poster of “Church Picnic” in the background. Defendant Black Entertainment Television, Inc. first aired the episode in 1994 . . . .

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