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CANADIAN STANDOFF: Fans of imported courtroom drama lost a potential epic Friday when Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygård dropped a copyright lawsuit against the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. Nygård International Partnership brought the suit in U.S. District Court in Manhattan in December after, it alleged, a CBC camera team recorded the November grand opening of the fashion brand’s Broadway flagship without permission. The company said it wanted to stop the CBC from airing copyrighted portions of the event, including speeches and a fashion show. On March 5, a judge denied Nygård’s request for a preliminary injunction and gave both sides a week to explain the video’s legal significance. On Friday, Nygård instead submitted a notice of voluntary dismissal. In the two-page filing, Nygård’s attorneys wrote the CBC had assured them the recordings didn’t hold the entirety of the opening’s speeches and that any airing of the material would fall under “fair use” guidelines. A representative of the CBC declined comment Friday, while Nygård spokeswoman Sharon Clarke said, “We agreed to voluntarily withdraw because the CBC agreed not to violate our copyright.”

Nygård has a separate and ongoing court case against the government-owned media company in its hometown of Winnipeg. That suit, filed in March 2009, reportedly seeks to block a story on Nygård on “The Fifth Estate,” a CBC investigative newsmagazine. — Matthew Lynch

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