Media Cos. Support AP Suit Against Meltwater

Several media companies, including The New York Times, Advance Publications, Gannett, McClatchy and the NAA, have filed an amicus brief in support of the AP's copyright infringement suit against news aggregator Meltwater.
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The New York Times Co., Advance Publications Inc., Gannett Co., The McClatchy Co., The Newspaper Association of America and BurrellesLuce have filed an amicus brief in support of The Associated Press in its copyright infringement suit against news aggregator Meltwater. The brief was filed late Monday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District in Manhattan.

“AP is very pleased with this support,” Laura Malone, AP’s acting general counsel, said in a statement. “It demonstrates that the media community stands together in recognizing that Meltwater's business of appropriating and selling media content cannot be excused as fair use and instead is infringing.”

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The AP filed its suit against Meltwater on Feb. 14, 2012, claiming that the company delivered substantial verbatim excerpts from AP stories and other published news stories to its paying customers.

“Meltwater News is a parasitic distribution service that competes directly with traditional news sources without paying license fees to cover the costs of creating those stories,” Tom Curley, then AP’s president and CEO, said at the time.

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