Fair use

"Dancing Baby" decision on fair use considerations may help and hurt journalists

Jennevieve Fong | Content Regulation | News | September 30, 2015
September 30, 2015

The recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals (9th Cir.) to require copyright owners to consider "fair uses" of their work before requesting takedowns may be a double-edged sword for journalists and bloggers who work with online content.

Judge rules news clipping service infringed Associated Press' copyright

Lilly Chapa | Content Regulation | News | March 22, 2013
March 22, 2013

Online news aggregation websites that compile and resell news stories without the publisher's permission are committing copyright infringement and are not protected under the fair use doctrine, a New York judge ruled.

Federal appeals court rules against magazine that published copyrighted secret celebrity wedding photos

Amanda Simmons | Content Regulation | News | August 17, 2012
August 17, 2012

A federal appellate court ruled that a Spanish-language gossip magazine violated the copyrights of a celebrity couple by publishing private photographs of their secret wedding in a case that according to the court “reads like a telenovela."

Federal court finds Bloomberg's publication of copyrighted conference call recording to be fair use

Raymond Baldino | Content Regulation | News | May 22, 2012
May 22, 2012

A federal court last week rejected a copyright infringement lawsuit against Bloomberg L.P. for its unauthorized publication of a conference call between a corporation's senior executives and a group of securities analysts, finding that the business and financial news publisher was protected from liability by the fair use doctrine.

Copyright police

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A blogger reads an online news article and reposts it on his website.

It happens every day, and probably seems harmless enough to the blogger. But reposting an entire article will likely violate copyright law.

Removing photo credit creates DMCA liability

Aaron Mackey | Libel | Feature | June 16, 2011
June 16, 2011

Individuals who physically remove credit lines attached to photographs violate a federal law that prevents people from stripping out copyright ownership information from works, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Philadelphia (3rd Cir.) ruled earlier this week.

Federal court orders Gawker to pull Palin's book excerpts

Stephen Miller | Prior Restraints | Feature | November 22, 2010
November 22, 2010

The U.S. District Court in New York City ordered Gawker Media Saturday to remove excerpts of former U.S. vice presidential candidate and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s forthcoming book from its website pending a hearing next week regarding a lawsuit filed by the book’s publisher, HarperCollins, according to court documents.

Las Vegas newspaper sues websites over use of content

Brian Westley | Newsgathering | Feature | June 14, 2010
June 14, 2010

The Las Vegas Review-Journal is suing dozens of websites that are using the newspaper’s content without permission.

Righthaven LLC, a Nevada company that represents the paper, has filed 37 lawsuits since March against various organizations for copyright infringement, including blogs that discuss reforming marijuana laws, sports betting and real estate.

“We believe we’ve only scratched the surface of dealing with this issue,” Righthaven Chief Executive Steven Gibson said. “There are literally oceans of infringement out there.”

AP aims to curb unauthorized online use of its content

Ahnalese Rushmann | Content Regulation | Quicklink | April 7, 2009
April 7, 2009

The Associated Press on Monday announced new efforts to contain the rapid online spread of its content, saying legal action will be taken against any Web site or online news aggregator that uses an AP story without first obtaining permission.