Friday, July 31, 2009

11-Word Extracts May Infringe Copyright In Europe

Posted by kdawson on Friday July 31, @08:42AM
from the dibs-on-copyright-on-"the" dept.
splodus writes"The European Court of Justice, Europe's highest court, has ruled that a service providing 11-word snippets of newspaper articles could be unlawful. Media monitoring company Infopaq International searches newspaper articles and provides clients with a keyword and the five words either side. This practice was challenged by the DDF, a group representing newspaper interests, as infringing their members' copyright. The court has referred the issue back to national courts to determine whether copyright laws in each country will be subject to the ruling. The full ruling is available at the European Court of Justice Web site."

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