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Federal Judge OKs sales of children's book focusing on Idaho artist

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Posted at 12:21 PM, Oct 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-31 14:21:28-04

A fictional biography of a self-taught Idaho artist -- whose work appears in museums around the world -- went on sale Tuesday, after a federal judge in Boise ruled the award-winning children's book author from Oregon who created it likely didn't violate copyright laws.

U.S. District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill on Monday ruled that Allen Say's “Silent Days, Silent Dreams” book is not likely to infringe on James Castle's work because it falls within fair legal use for purposes such as teaching or scholarship.

About 28 of the 150 illustrations in the children's book are Say’s copies of Castle’s art.

The James Castle Collection and Archive sought a temporary restraining order to halt book sales.

Castle, born in 1899, was deaf from birth and known for creating art with found materials.

(by Keith Ridler, Associated Press)