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Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Freelance Writers in Closely-Watched Copyright Case

June 01, 2001

By Scott Flicker, John Genga & George Graff

In a decision that affects publishers, database services and others who would acquire rights in articles appearing in print publications, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled June 25 that the New York Times, Newsday and Sports Illustrated, along with database services such as Lexis/Nexis, infringed the copyrights of six freelance writers by reproducing their articles in electronic, searchable form on the database services.

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