Los Angeles News Service and the LA Riots

LA Riots

In 1992, Los Angeles blew up. A rioter threw a brick to the head of Reginald Denny. The Los Angeles News Service videotaped it from a helicopter. Reuters copied the videotape in New York. Reuters then sent the videotape to London, where it was relayed to satellites and transmitted throughout the planet.

Previously, copyright holders had to litigate in every country around the world where a violation was found. Now, as long as they can prove infringement started in the US, they can recover damages in a US based suit.

In this case, the U.S. District Judge said that the news service was entitled to recover damages "flowing from exploitation abroad of domestics acts of copyright infringement." Presumably, this is in addition to the news service's flowing entitlement to exploit domestic acts of broad damage.


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San Francisco Daily Journal, Vol. 4, No. 134, July 14, 1998, page 1.
Los Angeles New Service v. Reuters Television, 98 Daily Journal D.A.R. 7627.