Murdoch Gets His Feet Wet In Bringing Hot News Lawsuit Against Briefing.com
from the and-here-we-go dept
Well, you had to know this was going to happen. In the last year, there had been an awful lot of talk about a previously considered obsolete concept of “hot news” — which created a copyright-like protection for factual information, without any statutory basis. It’s a very troubling concept that shouldn’t have any real basis in the law, but does exist due to a nearly century old Supreme Court case. Lots of news publishers have started making noises about “hot news,” and in March we had the first ruling that blocked a publication from reposting factual information under a “hot news” claim. Once that ruling was made, you had to know that more lawsuits would follow pretty quickly.
And off we go. What’s interesting here is that it appears that it’s Rupert Murdoch testing the waters this time. Murdoch, of course, has been making odd claims about Google “stealing” content, while also suggesting that fair use doesn’t exist. But rather than take on Google in court, it looks like Murdoch is targeting easier prey. Murdoch-owned Dow Jones is suing Briefing.com for copyright infringement and hot news appropriation. You can read the full complaint below:
Either way, my guess is that this particular lawsuit has little to do with Briefing.com — or even Dow Jones and its newswires. This is Murdoch testing the waters on hot news. Of course, he may come to seriously regret doing so, given how many of his own sites probably violate the same hot news concept.