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Copyright, Sovereign Immunity & Getting Even

When photographer Jim Olive threatened to sue the University to Houston to force it to pay his price for a photo posted on a UH website, the school told him to get lost. As a state institution, the university said, it has sovereign immunity, which protects it from copyright and most other lawsuits.
Olive recently filed suit against UH in state district court in Harris County, claiming that the university's unauthorized use of his photo of the Houston skyline amounted to "unlawful taking" under the Texas Constitution, which prohibits government agencies from taking private property without adequate compensation. The takings provision is typically used when government wants to build a new road, school or other public projects.
UH's attorney who is claiming sovereign immunity is a product of their law school.

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