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BOOK BITS XTRA: AP v. Meltwater: Disappointing Ruling for News Search | Electronic Frontier Foundation

AP v. Meltwater: Disappointing Ruling for News Search | Electronic Frontier Foundation.

A federal district judge in New York City issued a troubling ruling today holding that an electronic news clipping service infringed copyright when it republished excerpts of news stories in search results for its clients seeking news coverage based on particular keywords.

In my view, the Associated Press is trying to redefine the traditional “fair use” concept  (based on the amount of material used) by saying that certain parts of the story, primarily the opening, are more important that other parts and trump the old standard.

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