District Court Dismisses Contributory Copyright Infringement Claim Involving Sales Outside the U.S. for Failure To Identify Particular Examples of Infringement

The World in U.S. Courts: Summer 2013 - Intellectual Property (Copyright)

Panoramic Stock Images, Ltd. v. Pearson Education, Inc., (U.S. District Court, N.D. Ill., May 29, 2013)

The plaintiff is a business that licenses the photographs of many photographers on a wide range of subjects. It sued a publisher of textbooks for various forms of copyright infringement. One claim was for contributory copyright infringement, based upon the publisher’s relationship with a third party that claimed on its website to have translated and sold the publisher’s textbooks outside the U.S. The trial court dismissed the claim, finding that the third party’s general description of its business was not sufficient to allege that the publisher induced or encouraged infringement either inside or outside the U.S.

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