EFF Amicus Brief Argues for Protection of Transformative Uses to Protect News Tracking Services

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on January 19, 2013

EFF: “In Associated Press v. Meltwater, AP claims its copyrights are infringed when Meltwater, an electronic news clipping service, includes excerpts of AP stories in search results for its clients seeking reports of news coverage based on particular keywords. In its argument, AP asks the court to accept an extraordinarily narrow view of fair use – the doctrine that allows for the use of copyrighted material for purposes of commentary, criticism, or other transformative uses – by claiming that Meltwater’s use of copyrighted excerpts cannot be “transformative” fair use unless they are also “expressive.” In an amicus brief filed [January 18, 2013], EFF argues that AP’s theory would restrict the use and development of services that allow users to find, organize, and share public information.”

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