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Feb/11

Swatch v Bloomberg: Copyright in a Conference Call


From the complaint: Plaintiff Swatch, a Swiss publicly traded company, hosted a conference call for securities analysts. The call was transmitted and recorded by a conference call service. Participants were instructed not to record the call for publication or broadcast. Bloomberg News was not invited or authorized to participate in the call. Bloomberg recorded the call, created a transcript which it made available to others.

Things to ponder: the Work is defined as the sound recording of the call.  What did Bloomberg (allegedly) copy and when did it copy it?

Also note: The Work was allegedly created outside the U.S.

Complaint Swatch

One Response to “Swatch v Bloomberg: Copyright in a Conference Call”

  1. […] The Bloomberg news service copied a transcript of a conference call between Swatch and stock analysts. Swatch claimed copyright. Held: fair use (relying heavily on (1) news reporting purpose; (2) thin copyright; and (3) no discernable effect on the ‘market’ for the work. Background here. […]