Australian media company loses copyright battle

The Federal Court has ruled against Fairfax Media’s attempt to claim copyright over headlines in The Australian Financial Review.The decision is seen by the publishing industry to have significant implications for the reproduction of newspaper articles.Judge Annabelle Bennett yesterday ruled that publisher Reed International had not infringed on copyright laws by reproducing The AFR’s headlines as part of its LexisNexis and ABIX news and business information services that provide abstracts of articles in newspapers and magazines.

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