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Meltwater loses headline appeal

Edward Conlon, London

The Court of Appeal in London has today upheld a ruling that headlines and web links taken from newspapers’ websites are protected by copyright

The decision in the case of The Newspaper Licensing Agency Limited (NLA) & others v Meltwater Holding BV & others reconfirmed that clients who pay for news aggregation services must have a licence to avoid breaching copyright laws.

In the High Court, on November 26 2010, Mrs Justice Proudman found that clients of Meltwater News who clicked on links containing headlines and extracts of articles were in breach of copyright because they were not licensed by the NLA.

Meltwater News monitors media websites and provides links to articles for clients such as the Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA), which was also sued as part of the case. The PRCA appealed the ruling to the Court of Appeal....

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