A Manhattan federal magistrate judge on Monday rejected a request by a photographer demanding copies of copyright settlements and records related to thousands of photos published by news companies including Gannett Co. and Verizon Media, calling it too burdensome.

Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn rejected arguments by a lawyer for Justin Goldman, who claims his photo of NFL quarterback Tom Brady was illegally shared by outlets that posted embedded tweets containing the image.

Goldman claimed the settlements and records for the other photos the publishers posted were needed to show the value of similar claims and to prove they were serial offenders, but Judge Netburn suggested Goldman could instead ask the defendants about their use of photos and how much they typically pay out in settlements at depositions.

Embedding a tweet is a way of displaying content hosted by Twitter in the context of one's own website, rather than copying the content and reproducing it. Publications argued they couldn't be held liable for infringement as a result, but U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest rejected that defense last year.

Ballard Spahr Partner Robert Penchina is on the team representing the defendants.

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