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A copyright anomaly

By Steven | February 27, 2009

Here’s a quirk in the Copyright Act that you may not be aware of: TV stations can use news photographs (even if they don’t have copyright) under the fair dealing defence, but newspapers can’t. I suppose this is because a broadcast or film is usually viewed fleetingly, so does not create a permanent record of the same nature as a newspaper. But I’m not sure that difference really justifies the different treatment of photographic copyright between different media.

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