SPH reaches settlement with SyndiGate Media

Media company Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) says it has reached a settlement concerning the unauthorised distribution of its articles.

The statement came after an apology to SPH was published in yesterday's edition of The Straits Times by SyndiGate Media, a digital content syndication service registered in the United States.

In the apology, SyndiGate Media said it had breached the terms of its content licence agreement with SPH, and caused unauthorised distribution of articles belonging to SPH and published in ST and The Sunday Times.

The articles were reproduced on MSN online properties between June and August last year.

"All steps have been taken to cease all unauthorised distribution of the articles on MSN online properties," SyndiGate Media said. It also promised not to repeat such acts of infringement.

SPH said in its statement: "Singapore Press Holdings Ltd, Microsoft Corporation and Microsoft Operations Pte Ltd, and SyndiGate Media Inc have arrived at a settlement concerning the unauthorised distribution by SyndiGate of articles belonging to SPH, and reproduced on MSN online properties by Microsoft, in violation of SPH's copyright and other intellectual property rights.

"SyndiGate has issued an apology on Page B3 of the Jan 27, 2016, edition of The Straits Times. SPH does not wish to comment further as the terms of the settlement are confidential."

Tiffany Fumiko Tay

This article was first published on Jan 28, 2016.
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