GateHouse Media’s case against The New York Times Co. will go to trial this week.
Wired PR News.com – GateHouse Media, who brought a lawsuit against The New York Times Co., for alleged copyright infringement will have their case heard in federal court this week, as reported by the Associated Press (AP).
GateHouse, a large community newspaper publisher, is suing The New York Times Co. for claims that The Boston Globe, which is owned by The New York Times Co., used Gatehouse material without permission on the website Boston.com. The suit alleges that Boston.com uses GateHouse original reporting to build certain sites, and creates confusion about who the original source of links or headlines used may be.
The outcome of the case is speculated to determine the extent of information that can be taken from online news sources for future reporting by news organizations. Dan Kennedy, who teaches journalism at Northern University, is quoted in the AP report as stating, “It’s certainly being followed within the journalism community, but this is huge in new media and blogging because God help us if a judge or a jury starts to lay down rules as to what constitutes acceptable linking practices and what isn’t.”
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