SPH Amends Claim To Cite 254 Articles It Says Yahoo Infringed (ST)

BackAug 11, 2012

MEDIA company Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) has now cited 254 articles from its stable of newspapers which it says Yahoo reproduced without permission.

This is more than 10 times the 23 articles it cited when it first filed its suit against the Internet search giant for copyright infringement in November.

The new number is contained in an amended statement of claim SPH filed yesterday. These articles were published in its newspapers over a 17-month period, between July 2010 and November 2011. The list includes three articles from The Business Times newspaper.

Earlier in November, when the suit was first filed, SPH cited, as examples, 23 articles from The Straits Times, The New Paper and My Paper that Yahoo had allegedly substantially reproduced over a 12-month period.

The articles that first appeared in the print edition of the newspapers included political, crime and economic stories.

Yahoo had allegedly used them on its websites, including a section called "Latest Singapore News".

Its news websites provide mainly free daily news reports on Singapore.

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.

It later applied to withdraw one of the grounds of its counterclaim against SPH, and the courts granted an order in May for it to amend the claim.

Yahoo will no longer assert that Stomp had infringed its copyright. However, its claim alleging that SPH made groundless threats of copyright infringement against it remains.

SPH, in its amended statement of claim, included the 254 articles Yahoo allegedly infringed to show the Internet company used identical paragraphs, sentences, phrases and words.

In its defence, Yahoo had claimed that the alleged infringements related only to facts and information, which cannot be protected by copyright.

SPH is asking the court to declare that Yahoo Southeast Asia has infringed on its content, issue an injunction against the company from continuing the infringement, as well as pay damages.