Copyright

Court rules AP’s “hot news” claim can go forward

Rory Eastburg | Content Regulation | Feature | February 20, 2009
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February 20, 2009

A federal court in New York on Tuesday refused to dismiss a lawsuit by The Associated Press that claims a competing news service, All Headline News Corp., misappropriated its news content by drafting stories based on AP reports.

AP alleges copyright infringement of Obama photo

Ahnalese Rushmann | Content Regulation | Quicklink | February 5, 2009
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February 5, 2009

Artist Shepard Fairey has admitted that his iconic red, white and blue "Hope" image of President Obama was based on a photograph taken by a photojournalist on assignment for The Associated Press. Now, The AP is claiming the copyright and demanding credit and compensation from Fairey, according to the news wire's report.

Boston.com settles suit over linking

Samantha Fredrickson | Content Regulation | Feature | January 26, 2009
Feature
January 26, 2009

The copyright lawsuit between GateHouse Media and The New York Times Co. over linking articles on the Internet was settled this week, just one day before trial was to begin in the case.

GateHouse sued The New York Times Co. last month after The Boston Globe, which the Times Co. owns, began aggregating on its Web site headlines, leads and links from local news sites owned by GateHouse.

Media sues media over linking on Web sites

Samantha Fredrickson | Content Regulation | Feature | January 5, 2009
Feature
January 5, 2009

A battle over Web site links has landed two media companies in court.

GateHouse Media, which owns several hundred newspapers and Web sites, filed a lawsuit last month in federal court in Massachusetts against The New York Times Co. alleging copyright infringement.

YouTube, McCain campaign spar over copyright issues

Hannah Bergman | Content Regulation | Quicklink | October 17, 2008
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October 17, 2008

YouTube has refused requests by Sen. John McCain to review campaign-related videos taken off the Web site because of copyright protests, suggesting that if McCain is unhappy with the current copyright protections he can work on changing the law, according to The American Lawyer.

The McCain campaign, in a letter to YouTube this week, objected to the frequent removal of campaign-related material from the site.

Photographer takes copyright battle to the Supreme Court

Hannah Bergman | Content Regulation | Quicklink | October 17, 2008
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October 17, 2008

In what may be the final step in a long-running case over electronic republication of freelancers' works, a former National Geographic freelance photographer is asking the Supreme Court to settle a copyright dispute over republication of his photos on a CD archive of the magazine.

Harry Potter author prevails over publisher of unauthorized encyclopedia

Cristina Abello | Content Regulation | Quicklink | September 9, 2008
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September 9, 2008

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling yesterday prevailed in a federal copyright infringement lawsuit against a Web site operator who attempted to publish a reference guide for the children’s fantasy franchise.

Google ordered to hand over YouTube user data

Kathleen Cullinan | Content Regulation | Quicklink | July 7, 2008
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July 7, 2008

A federal judge last week ordered Google to hand over a roster of user data on videos viewed on YouTube, in an effort to help Viacom shore up its lawsuit against the search-engine giant.

Associated Press Sues All Headline News Corp.

Jennifer Koons | Content Regulation | Quicklink | January 16, 2008
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January 16, 2008

The Associated Press filed suit Monday against a company that it claims copied and rewrote AP stories. The wire service sought unspecified damages and to bar Florida-based AHN Media Corp. and All Headline News Corp. from appropriating AP's copyright-protected stories.