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Landmark UK ruling on licensing of newspaper web content

Submitted by jboyd on Fri, 11/26/2010 - 12:44

The UK High Court supported the UK Newspaper Licensing Agency (NLA)’s case against Meltwater – a media monitoring company. The ruling makes it clear that a headline can be a separate literary work, that copyright could be infringed by copying headlines or text extracts and that a licence is required to view the original article on the publishers' websites by clicking on the link supplied by Meltwater.

NLA, in a press notice, expressed its satisfaction with the judgement, which establishes the legal principle that end-users need a licence to use paid-for media monitoring services incorporating newspaper web content. IFRRO CEO, Olav Stokkmo, also welcomed the decision as an important one for creators and publishers to get rewarded for the use of their works when they are available on Internet.