Users of online news monitoring services require a copyright licence, High Court rules


On 26 November, the High Court of England and Wales ruled in favour of the Newspaper Licensing Agency (NLA) in the NLA's action against on-line news aggregator Meltwater and the PR Consultants Association (PRCA). The outcome is that companies will need a licence to use Meltwater's news monitoring service (Meltwater News) and any similar services - in other words a licence merely to receive short extracts from news stories along with a hyperlink to the full story.

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