Magazine article The Quill

Court Passes on Libel and Copyright Cases

Magazine article The Quill

Court Passes on Libel and Copyright Cases

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In the second computer-age victory this year for free-lance journalists who contend they were cheated by big media companies, the Supreme Court turned down an appeal Oct. 9 from National Geographic over reprinted photos.

The court, without comment, refused to take up a lower court ruling that the magazine should have paid free-lance photographers for pictures compiled on a compact disc. The Associated Press reported that the pictures first appeared in the print version of the magazine and were used again in the computer format.

The Supreme Court's action means a lower court judge now will decide how much National Geographic Society must pay Jerry Greenberg, who had pictures published in four of the 1,200 issues included in the CD-ROM.

In June, the justices ruled in Times vs. …

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