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Briefing.com pays to settle lawsuit with Dow Jones

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New York—News Corp.’s Dow Jones & Co. said that Briefing.com paid “a substantial amount and admitted liability” to settle a lawsuit involving the use of headlines and articles from Dow Jones.

Briefing.com acknowledged in settling the lawsuit that republishing portions of more than 100 articles violated the U.S. Copyright Act. Additionally, Briefing.com acknowledged violating the “hot news” misappropriation doctrine, which was established by the Supreme Court in 1918 in a case that involved the International News Service paraphrasing Associated Press bulletins.

“Dow Jones is committed to aggressively pursuing legal action to prevent the unauthorized use of our content,” Mark H. Jackson, Dow Jones general counsel, said in a statement. “This settlement demonstrates that such actions are not resolved with a simple slap on the wrist, but have significant financial repercussions.”

The amount of the settlement was not disclosed. Briefing.com had not replied to a request for comment by deadline.

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