U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let stand a ruling that copyright law authorized a publisher to reproduce a collective work in CD-ROM format, even if some new materials have been added.
The justices declined to review a dispute involving
National Geographic magazine and whether it had to pay freelance writers and photographers additional compensation for using their work in the electronic compilation.
[...] The appeals court ruled that the CDs represented an “electronic replica” of the magazine and were a permissible “revision” under copyright law, even if some new copyrightable materials, such as an introductory sequence and a computer software program, had been added.
The freelance contributors appealed to the Supreme Court to hear the case. But the justices rejected the appeal without any comment or recorded dissent.
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