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News Site Allowed to Embed Athlete’s Instagram Retirement Post

Nov. 2, 2020, 10:47 PM

A sports news site’s embedding of an Instagram post by professional tennis player Caroline Wozniacki was protected from a photographer’s copyright claims by the fair use doctrine, a Brooklyn federal court said Monday.

The site’s use of a social media post in order to report on that post was transformative, even though the post incidentally included a copyrighted image, the court said. The opinion is the latest to address the question of when embedding posts from social media platforms like Instagram can infringe copyrights.

Wozniacki announced her retirement last year on Instagram. The post included a photo of her from ...

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