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Inmate Loses Ruling Over Graphic Design Work

WASHINGTON (CN) - The U.S. Court of Federal Claims said it lacks jurisdiction to consider a Colorado inmate's copyright infringement claim accusing the government of stealing calendar images he created while working at a prison graphic design job.

The court has jurisdiction over copyright infringement cases where a plaintiff either holds copyright registration or has been denied registration. But plaintiff Robert Walton filed for registration after filing his lawsuit.

Walton had been instructed to design a 2001 calendar of graphics "relating to the federal government's role in society," the ruling states.

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