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First off today, Dow Jones, the publisher of the Wall Street Journal, which is owned by News Corp, has settled its copyright lawsuit with Briefing.com. Dow Jones accused the site of lifting over 100 headlines and snippets from their site, violating their “hot news” right over news that ha been gathered at expense. The claim of hot news is a controversial one in this case that many wanted to see more rigorously tested in court as it was first introduced in the early 20th century, has been rarely used since and expands copyright, in a limited capacity, over facts and information, elements not normally copyrightable..
Next up today, Cooks Source, the New England magazine that became the subject of a Internet attack after it lifted a story from Monica Gaudio and responded to her via email claiming that the Internet was “public domain”, has announced that it is closing down. Editor Judith Griggs has said that she was sorry for her lifting of the article but wished that a more balanced view of the incident had been told. Griggs said nothing about the over 100 other cases of suspected misuse of content from other sources that others have found in the magazine, but did say they were closing up shop effective more or less immediately
Finally today Google and France’s largest book publisher, Hachette, have signed a deal to allow Google to scan some 50,000 French titles into its Google Book Search product. However, the deal gives the publisher a great deal of control over pricing of copies of the book that are sold via Google. This is in sharp contrast to the U.S., where Google has battled with publishers in courts for the right to scan books and has a settlement with the Authors Guild that is yet to be finalized.
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