Services|July 31, 2011| Author: Duncan Riley|Tags: ,

UK News Aggregator Loses Online Copyright Appeal

UK based News aggregator Meltwater has lost an appeal of a ruling which found its end users would need to pay a license to receive online newspaper content.

In a judgment issued July 27, the Appeals Court stated that they agreed with a previous ruling that end users of Meltwater’s service would require a license from the UK licensing body the “Newspaper Licensing Authority” (NLA) or the relevant publisher, to avoid infringing copyright.

Unlike other countries where news aggregation services are legal (mostly without restraint), mainstream media organizations in the UK have forced aggregators and more importantly, users of aggregation services, to sign up for a lincense. Around 22 aggregation services signed up for a license when the scheme was introduced in 2009, including Meltwater, with the company challenging the requirement that end users also had to pay for a license.