12/03/2010

Recent case: Newspaper Licensing Agency v Meltwater (UK)

Hogan Lovells reports on (and links to) a British High Court ruling that requires online news monitoring services, and their users, to obtain copyright licenses in order to reproduce newspaper headlines or extracts in websites or emails of their own, even if the headlines or extracts are linked back to original newspaper sources. The London law firm noted that the decision
is not a ruling on viewing and usage of internet content in general. It does, however, show how easy it can be to infringe copyright on the internet, in particular by copying small amounts of content such as extracts from newspapers. Where such copying enables a profitable business such as Meltwater, it is now more likely than ever that the content-owners will allege copyright infringement against the business and (it appears) the customers of that business.