News, Mail Online settle copyright dispute

A dispute between News Corp Australia and the Daily Mail Online over alleged appropriation of online content by the Australian arm of the Mail has been settled out of court.

The action had its beginnings in June when News Corp lawyers sent Associated Newspapers, the publisher of the Mail Online, a legal warning that cited around 10 examples of Mail Online articles that News alleged had been appropriated without satisfactory acknowledgement.

News also threatened legal action over what it said were breaches of copyright and intellectual property should the Mail not agree to “cease and desist from copying original content produced by News Corp journalists”.

The Daily Mail responded by accusing News Corp of instances of appropriating its own material.

A News Corp spokesman said today: “We have settled our dispute with the Mail Online. It was agreed to keep the terms of the settlement confidential. We do note there has been a change in the practices of the Mail Online since we made our complaint.  We are keeping a vigilant eye for any future breaches of copyright.”

Mail Online publisher Martin Clarke told the Financial Times the matter had been settled “very much to my satisfaction”. It is believed no damages were involved.

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