NY Times, local publisher reach settlement in copyright case

[AFP] The New York Times Co. and GateHouse Media, a local newspaper and website publisher, announced a settlement Monday in their closely watched online copyright infringement case.GateHouse had accused The Boston Globe and its website, Boston.com, both of which are owned by The New York Times, of violating copyright law by posting material without permission from WickedLocal.com, a GateHouse website covering small towns in Massachusetts.
news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-technology/ny-times-local-publisher-reach-settlement-in-copyright-case-20090127-7qcd.htmlLawsuit over website links in spotlight-Copyright violation or fair use to be decided
A copyright and trademark infringement lawsuit filed last month against The New York Times Co., owner of The Boston Globe and its Boston.com website, is being watched closely by news organizations, Internet researchers, independent bloggers, and companies that aggregate news online by linking to a variety of news sites.At the heart of the complaint, lodged by GateHouse Media Inc., which publishes 125 community newspapers in Massachusetts, is the question of whether Internet news providers will be able to continue the practice of posting headlines and lead sentences from stories they link to on other sites. The case has been scheduled for trial in US District Court in Boston as early as Monday.

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