IP, Technology & Data

Following on from Leigh’s recent blog, we have this morning issued an e-update on the Copyright Tribunal’s decision in the latest round of the Newspaper Licensing Agency (NLA), which represents the eight national newspaper groups, and the news aggregation service, Meltwater, and what this means for businesses.

The ruling states that businesses who either themselves (or through the services of a third party alerts/aggregation service, such as Meltwater) require a licence from the NLA. Whilst not the subject of this litigation, the Tribunal also stated that there is no reason that free news aggregation/alerts services, such as Google News/Google Alerts should be treated differently. In other words, businesses using Google News and Google Alerts to monitor and share news stories should have in place an appropriate NLA licence.

To find out more, please follow this link.

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Martin Sloan

Partner at Brodies LLP
Martin is a partner in Brodies Technology, Information and Outsourcing group and has wide experience of advising clients on technology procurement and IT and business process outsourcing projects. Martin also advises on data protection (including the GDPR), and general technology and intellectual property law, and has a particular interest in the laws applying to social media and new technology such as mobile apps, contactless/mobile payments, and smart metering.
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