There was a lot of chatter yesterday about copyright after The Associated Press, one of the largest news organizations in the world, announced that it was suing Meltwater News for copyright infringement.
In a press release distributed on Feb. 14, AP alleges that Meltwater “styles itself as a modern-day electronic clipping service with a guarantee of ‘no copyright fees.’”
In the words of Tom Curley, president and CEO of The Associated Press, “[Meltwater] has a significant negative impact on the ability of AP to continue providing the high-quality news reports on which the public relies.”
In its press release, AP goes on to claim that “Meltwater is not a typical news aggregator,” most notably because “Meltwater is a closed system sold only to subscribers for a fee, and not a means of expanding public access.”
The Associated Press’ filing came the same day as ruling from the United Kingdom Copyright Tribunal. The tribunal said Meltwater’s users must still pay license fees to the U.K.’s main news publishers.
The Copyright Tribunal decision follows a recent U.K. Court of Appeal ruling. The Court of Appeal ruling held that “the receipt and use by an end-user of Meltwater News will constitute an infringement of the copyright of the Publishers in either or both the headlines or the articles on their websites.”
In the statement of claim, Postmedia contends that Meltwater does not have a license to use Postmedia content in its service and is, therefore, not entitled to use content from such newspapers as the Vancouver Sun, Calgary Herald or National Post in its service. None of the allegations have been proven in court.
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