Society of the Holy Transfiguration Monastery, Inc. v. Archbishop Gregory, 689 F.3d 29 (First Circuit August 2, 2012). Monastery is holder of copyright to translations of ancient texts. Archbiship Gregory copied texts and put them on the internet. Monastery sued. Monastery did not lose rights to texts under “general publication” doctrine under the 1909 Copyright Act. Translations were original and copyrightable. Use of texts not fair use. Lengthy analysis of monastic statutes showing that Monastery the true owner. Translations may be original and copyrightable, despite being derivative of another product that may be in the public domain.
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