No free lunch

It is no secret that the rise of the internet has caused problems for journalism. Although the public has come a long way since the “information wants to be free” mantra of the early 2000s, content providers still face an uphill battle (and in far too many cases, a losing one) to produce news reporting that is both high quality and can produce a financial return. But in March 2013, news publishers in the US found another arrow for their quiver in a decision issued out of the US District Court in Manhattan. In The Associated Press v Meltwater US Holdings, et al, Judge Denise Cote sided with the AP and a coterie of amici from the media industry to decide that subscription-based internet media monitoring service Meltwater News committed copyright infringement by selling reports containing snippets of AP articles without a licence.

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