Newspapers Settle Plagiarism Suit

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP)   The Journal Inquirer and Hartford Courant have settled a lawsuit that accused the Courant of plagiarizing the Journal’s local news stories.

The settlement was entered in U.S. District Court in Hartford on Thursday.  Its terms weren’t disclosed.  In 2009, the Courant apologized for unintentionally plagiarizing competitors, including the Manchester-based Inquirer.

The Inquirer said the Courant summarized or rewrote their stories without permission as part of its “aggregation” policy, and later printed some stories without attribution.

In court papers seeking to dismiss the $7.5 million suit, the Courant had argued there was no copyright infringement.
A message requesting comment was left Saturday with officials at the Courant.

Inquirer managing editor Chris Powell noted the Courant had apologized and ended the aggregation policy.  He said he doubted the Courant would resume those practices.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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