A British company’s collection of color transparencies of classic works of art is not entitled to copyright protection under U.S. law, British law or an intellectual property law treaty signed by both countries, a federal judge in Manhattan has ruled.

Addressing several tricky international copyright issues on a motion to reconsider, Southern District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan, for a second time, dismissed infringement claims filed by The Bridgeman Art Library Ltd. against Corel Corp., a Canadian company that sells a CD-ROM collection of reproductions of paintings by European masters. Bridgeman claimed infringement of 120 of its images of paintings in the public domain.

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