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Never use headlines without permission in Japan...

Japan's best-selling newspaper, the Yomiuri Shimbun, was awarded compensation from the small Internet firm Digital Alliance Corp. that used its news headlines without permission. The Intellectual Property High Court, a special branch court of the Tokyo High Court, ordered the company to pay about 237,700 yen (2,000 dollars) to the Yomiuri. According to the court the use of news headlines as text for links to the articles was illegal.

The Yomiuri filed the case with the Tokyo District Court in December 2002. It lost the case in March 2004 as the lower court ruled that Internet users can read headlines for free online and therefore should be able to use the service freely.

  • October 10, 2005, Headline links can be dangerous in Japan, CNet:
    "U.S. courts, by design or default, have generally taken a laissez-faire approach to the digital republication of printed works as long as it adheres to longstanding brick-and-mortar copyright law."






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