A photographer's name, logo and link on a Web site containing copyrighted photographs constitute copyright management information within the scope of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. § 1202, a district court ruled. The court refused to dismiss the photographer's DMCA claim against a media company alleged to have copied the photographs and authorized their display on a third party's Web site without the attribution information. The court held that under the plain language of the DMCA, the term "copyright management information" is not limited to attribution information that functions as a component of an automated copyright protection or management system.

Cable v. Agence France Presse, et al., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 73893 (N.D. Ill. July 20, 2010) Download PDF

Editor’s Note: This ruling is discussed further on the Proskauer New Media & Technology Law blog.