Copyright case: Bell v. Eagle Mountain Saginaw Independent School District, USA

Author: Deirdre Kennedy (Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory US)
Published: 23.06.2022
Use of the author’s quote on a high school Twitter account was educational rather than commercial because it clearly was intended to inspire high school athletes, and the school obtained no profit from its use. In a case in which an author sued a public school district for using a passage from his book on Twitter for motivational purposes without his permission, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of the author’s direct copyright infringement claim on fair use grounds because the school had an educational rather than a commercial reason for using the quote…