Singapore's SPH says Yahoo! plagiarised content

Dec 29, 2011
Yahoo! is being sued for copyright infringement by Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), which has accused the US Internet company of plagiarising its works and wants the California-based web group to pay unspecified damages.

Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), which is suing Yahoo! for copyright infringement, has accused the US Internet company of plagiarising its works.

SPH, which publishes Singapore's Straits Times newspaper and other dailies, also vowed to fight a counterclaim filed this month by ! alleging the media group infringed its copyright, the statement said.

"SPH is determined to pursue this suit vigorously and to protect its copyrighted works," the statement said, adding its defence to the counterclaim by Yahoo! had been filed Wednesday at the High Court.

"It cannot allow a third party to plagiarise its works without regard to the effort and resources that go into producing its content."

SPH said in November it was suing Yahoo! for and wants the California-based web group to pay unspecified damages.

Yahoo! rejected the allegations and on December 13 issued a counterclaim against the Asian publisher, saying copyright laws do not protect facts and information.

The counterclaim also alleges the Asian publisher reproduced without authorisation several of its articles and pictures on STOMP, a citizen-journalism website owned by SPH.

SPH said in its defence to the counterclaim that Yahoo! had gained commercially by reproducing its contents without permission.

SPH said "these acts of infringement were committed by Yahoo! to direct and maximise traffic to its website in order to drive up its page views and ."

Yahoo! is one of the top online sources of news in Singapore along with the Breaking News section of the Straits Times website, both of which can be accessed free of charge.

The two services are competing for online advertising revenues along with Microsoft's , which has a news tie-up with Singaporean broadcasting-based group MediaCorp.

SPH is one of Asia's biggest media-based groups, with a near monopoly of Singapore's daily newspaper market and prime property assets.

Group revenue in its financial year ending August 31 was down 9.4 percent from a year ago at Sg$1.25 billion ($960 million), but revenue from its newspaper and magazine business was up four percent at Sg$1.01 billion, according to its annual report.

Explore further: EU Parliament votes to break up Google

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Singapore's SPH sues Yahoo! in copyright row

Nov 23, 2011

Asian media group Singapore Press Holdings is suing Yahoo! for copyright infringement, accusing the US Internet giant of reproducing its news items without permission.

Recommended for you

EU Parliament votes to break up Google

Nov 27, 2014

The European Parliament voted overwhelmingly for the break-up of Google Thursday in a largely symbolic vote that nevertheless cast another blow in the four-year standoff between Brussels and the US Internet ...

Toyota finds new air bag issue, recalls more cars

Nov 27, 2014

Toyota Motor Corp. recalled more than 40,000 vehicles in Japan on Thursday as part of a worldwide scare over defective air bags and is investigating a new type of air bag problem that could lead to further recalls.

Netflix sues Yahoo CIO for alleged kickbacks

Nov 26, 2014

Netflix is suing a former company vice president who is now chief information officer at Yahoo, accusing him of receiving money from vendors he hired to work with the video streaming company.

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.