The University of Texas got a big win this month. Photographers, on the other hand, took a loss. As we noted recently, a Texas appellate court has rejected a photographer's claim that the unauthorized use of one of his photographs by UT amounted to a property "taking" by a government entity. In other words, noted the National Press Photographers Association, "the court ruled that a state entity can infringe copyright without being held responsible under the takings clause of the Texas or U.S. Constitutions, even as the government pirates the entirety of his work." Or to put it more plainly, as one website did, "Texas Can Steal Your Photos Without Paying."
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