Copyright Alliance Applauds Judge Rakoff’s Decision in KinderGuides Case

September 13, 2017


Washington, D.C. Today, Copyright Alliance CEO Keith Kupferschmid released the following statement on Judge Rakoff’s opinion in the case of Penguin Random House LLC v. Colting (aka the “KinderGuides” case):

“The copyright community welcomes Judge Rakoff’s ruling in the KinderGuides case. The decision is a clear victory for, not only book publishers, but for all types of copyright holders and for a strong and balanced copyright system. In holding that the KinderGuides published by defendants Colting and Medina were infringing, Judge Rakoff established clear and reasonable boundaries between the exclusive rights Congress secured to creators and the ability of others to criticize and comment on copyrighted works. As the Judge explained “[t]he doctrine of fair use furthers [the goals of copyright] by permitting others to use existing works in ways that their owners would not ordinarily use them,” but “what fair use law does not protect is the right of others to produce works that [creators] might choose to produce themselves.”

A link to the case opinion can be found here.



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You can download the pdf version of this statement here.