This is a big deal in what I consider to be “pointless” copyright litigation.
Imagine a future where everything we think we own is, in fact, merely licensed…
Copying of unregistered derivative works does not infringe the copyrights of the registered originals when the derivatives reproduce no protected material from the originals.
Federal District Court says “No” and technological absurdity ensues.
In the end, an increase in digital publishing will make this major consumer victory short-lived.