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High Court ruling means newspapers can charge businesses for their web content
The High Court proceedings were intended to help give some clarity on the limits of the Newspaper Licensing Agency’s licensing scheme.
Meltwater indicated that it would appeal against the decision.
"The first instance High Court ruling undermines the basic principles of the operation and use of the internet,” said Meltwater in a statement. “First, it means that simply browsing copyright-protected content made freely available on the internet will infringe copyright if it is read without a rightsholder licence. We believe that browsing content made available on the internet should not infringe copyright.
"Secondly, simply using headlines of an article for bibliographic reference could infringe copyright. These are general principles that need to be addressed by the courts.”
'The social network is notoriously protective of its brand. Earlier this year Facebook sued a teacher’s community website, called Teachbook.com, for using the word ‘book’ in its name.'