Newspaper Publisher Caves, Agrees Excerpts of Articles Do Not Infringe Copyright

  • Newspaper Publisher Caves, Agrees Excerpts of Articles Do Not Infringe Copyright

    In a victory for fair use, the publisher of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Stephens Media, filed papers yesterday conceding that posting a short excerpt of a news article in an online forum is not copyright infringement. The concession will result in entry of a judgment of non-infringement in a long-running copyright troll case that sparked the dismissal of dozens of baseless lawsuits filed by Righthaven LLC.

    The case began when the online political forum Democratic Underground -- represented by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Fenwick & West LLP, and attorney Chad Bowers -- was sued by Righthaven for a five-sentence excerpt of a Review-Journal news story that a user posted on the forum with a link back to the newspaper's website. Democratic Underground countersued, asking the court to rule that the excerpt did not infringe copyright and is a fair use of the material, and brought Righthaven-backer Stephens Media into the case.

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    Altough not related to the topics of this website, i m posting this information because the recent developments and proposals in the US gov. (see: Protect IP/SOPA Bills Could Change Or Destroy Alternative Media As We Know It (Video)) are threatening any and all websites like that utilize the fair use policy, where an excerpt of the article is published with the link to the article source.

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