Beaten Driver a Searing Image of Mob Cruelty"
- Headline from Los Angeles Times, May 1, 1992
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.
Shots from the newscopter
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.