Yahoo! pays damages, costs, settles with SPH

Yahoo! pays damages, costs, settles with SPH

SINGAPORE - Yahoo! Asia Pacific has paid damages and costs to Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), settling a copyright infringement case.

The Internet giant has also disciplined or terminated the services of those responsible for the plagiarism. The amounts involved have not been revealed.

Under the terms of the amicable settlement, Yahoo! Asia Pacific acknowledged that it had, in connection with its Yahoo! Singapore News site, reproduced content from newspapers such as The Straits Times and The New Paper without getting approval from SPH.

"As publishers, Yahoo! companies strive to respect the intellectual property rights of others wherever they do business," a joint media statement from the two companies said yesterday.

"The actions here by a small number of Yahoo! Asia Pacific employees are deeply regretted." Yahoo! has also undertaken not to, among other things, "knowingly or intentionally infringe SPH's copyrights", the statement added.

The lawsuit was believed to be the first of its kind in Singapore.

It was filed in the High Court in November 2011, with SPH citing 23 articles from its newspapers which Yahoo! was alleged to have reproduced substantially over a 12-month period.

Yahoo denied the allegations and counter-sued, citing two articles and a picture from its website that were allegedly posted on SPH's citizen journalism website Stomp.

Yahoo! later applied to withdraw one of the grounds of its counterclaim, and the courts granted an order for it to amend the claim.

In August last year, SPH filed an amended claim, citing a total of 254 articles published over 17 months, which it said Yahoo had reproduced without permission.

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