An 11th Circuit panel has reversed the circuit's 6-year-old opinion in a major copyright case, declaring the ruling's mandate on behalf of freelance photographers to be "moot." The ruling, called "curious" by an intellectual property expert, interpreted a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that expanded freelance writers' copyrights in a way that limited the copyright claims of freelance photographers. The panel sidestepped a precedent which binds it to the earlier circuit decision.
Citing Supreme Court Precedent, 11th Circuit Reverses Major Copyright Ruling
June 21, 2007