Basic Books, Inc. v. Kinko’s Graphics Corp.

Citation: 758 F. Supp. 1522
Judge: Constance Baker Motley
Opinion Date: March 28, 1991

Plaintiffs in this case, all major publishing houses, allegeded that Kinko’s infringed their copyrights when they copied excerpts from books, whose rights were held by the plaintiffs, without permission and without payment of required fees and sold the copies for a profit. The court found that Kinko’s did not convincingly show that the excerpts it appropriated without seeking permission were a fair use of the works in question and concluded that they violated the Copyright Act.

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